I teach classes for Workplace ESL Solutions. We specialize in English as a Second language, Spanish for workplace managers, citizenship, and business writing tips. There is a super helpful article we posted on our Linked In group that lists the 100 words most commonly misspelled ('misspell' is one of them). Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%.
Here are just the words that start with the letter "A" to get you started...
- acceptable - Several words made the list because of the suffix pronounced -êbl but sometimes spelled -ible, sometimes -able. Just remember to accept any table offered to you and you will spell this word OK.
- accidentally - It is no accident that the test for adverbs on -ly is whether they come from an adjective on -al ("accidental" in this case). If so, the -al has to be in the spelling. No publical, then publicly.
- accommodate - Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double "c" AND a double "m."
- acquire - Try to acquire the knowledge that this word and the next began with the prefix ad- but the [d] converts to [c] before [q].
- acquit - See the previous discussion.
- a lot - Two words! Hopefully, you won't have to allot a lot of time to this problem.
- amateur - Amateurs need not be mature: this word ends on the French suffix -eur (the equivalent of English -er).
- apparent - A parent need not be apparent but "apparent" must pay the rent, so remember this word always has the rent.
- argument - Let's not argue about the loss of this verb's silent [e] before the suffix -ment.
- atheist - Lord help you remember that this word comprises the prefix a- "not" + the "god" (also in the-ology) + -ist "one who believes."