Frequently Misspelt Words (A)

Freuquently misspelt words

Freuquently misspelt words

Below is a list of words which are often misspelt when writing in English (British English). In the first part I’m going to look at words starting with the letter A.

Word definitons are given in the table below (in some cases, there is more than one definition, but to keep it as simple as possible I have only included the most relevant ones for learners of English).

If you would also like to have an example sentence for one (or more) of the described words, please leave me a comment below 🙂



Absence (noun): Not being present
Abundance (noun): More than enough of something
Accelerator (noun): Pedal in a car that makes it go faster
Accent (noun): How people in certain regions / countries etc. pronounce words  in their language.
Accessible (adj.): Easily reached or obtained.
Accessory (noun): An extra part or item.
Accidentally (adv.): To happen by chance or mistake, not on purpose.
Accommodate (verb): To provide someone with a place to sleep, live or work. Also to provide space for something to be stored.
Accumulate (verb): To collect or gather (things) over a period of time. Also to slowly and steadily increase in number or amount.
Achieve (verb): To do or finish something successfully, especially if you put a lot of effort into it before.
Acknowledge (verb): To admit something is true. Also to tell someone that you have received their message (letter or email)
Acquaintance (noun): Someone you know / have met, but you don’t know them well.
Address (noun): The location of a place.
Advertisement (noun): A written text, picture, short film or audio message that tries to persuade people to buy a certain product.
Aerial (noun): A wire or device for receiving and / or sending  radio / TV signals.
Affect (verb): To influence or change something / somebody.
CAUTION: Do not confuse with EFFECT which is the RESULT of the influence something had on something 😉
Aggravate (verb): To make a bad situation or disease / injury worse.
Agreeable (adj.): Pleasant or pleasing. Also prepared to say yes.
Amateur (noun): Someone who does something as a hobby / for pleasure and not as a job. Also in sports, if the athletes do not receive money for participating.
Anaesthetic (noun): A substance which is given to prevent you from feeling pain.
Analyse (verb): To study or examine something in detail to either understand it / discover more about it or to find out what it is made of.
Anxiety (noun): A worried or nervous feeling which makes you uncomfortable.
Apparent (adj.): Clear and obvious, able to be seen / understood. Also to seem real rather than definitely being real.
Appearance (noun): How something / someone looks. Also the act of coming into sight.
Appropriate (adj.): Suitable or acceptable for a particular situation / occasion.
Argument (noun): A disagreement between people. Also a set of reasons you use to try to convince people about something.
Arrangements (noun):  Usually plural. A plan or agreement about how something will happen.
Ascend (verb): To move or climb upwards.
Athletic (adj.): Strong and healthy, good at sports
Aunt (noun): The sister of you mother or father, the wife of your uncle.
Autumn (noun): One of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn).
Awful (adj.): Very unpleasant / bad.

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