“Errors That Might Escape Spell Check” by Joan Y. Edwards
When revising your manuscript, one of your goals is: Correct all words that are not spelled properly.
Many word processing programs have a Spell Check feature. It will find and correct most words in a manuscript. However, Spell Check won’t catch the misuse of homonyms and other English words that often confuse writers. After all the words are spelled correctly. They are not used correctly.
What is a good writer like you to do? Use Find for each of the words below and other words you might confuse.Then correct the spelling.
A. Check Alan Cooper’s Homonym list: http://www.cooper.com/alan/homonym_list.html
- Incorrect: I turned it’s pages quickly.
Correct: I turned its pages quickly.
- Incorrect: They took off they’re coats.
Correct: They took off their coats.
- Incorrect: Lucy is the idle of my life.
Correct: Lucy is the idol of my life.
B. Words that don’t sound alike, but are still used incorrectly. Lie, lay; set, sit; who, which, that; further, farther; and proceed, precede.
- Incorrect: I cannot walk any further.
Correct: I cannot walk any farther.
- Incorrect: Lie the book on my desk.
Correct: Lay the book on my desk.
- Incorrect: Precede with your plans.
Correct: Proceed with your plans.
Here’s another link on 3-grammar-editing.com with misused words that Spell Check might not find: http://www.e-grammar-editing.com/misused-words.html. It contains frequently misused homonyms and other words, too.
Here’s a fun quiz entitled, “Are You Smarter Than a Spell-Checker?” I hope you enjoy it. http://www.pongoresume.com/blogPosts/146/quiz-are-you-smarter-than-a-spell-checker-.cfm
Edit your manuscript to a “polished – as good as I can get it for now” stage. Properly formatted. Punctuation and grammar checked. Pitch written, Plot checked. Characterization embedded. When you have finished polishing your manuscript, submit it to a publisher or agent.
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