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Old 01-25-2024, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Argentina
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I read a lot what people write in forums and stuff like that and I often come across mistakes made by natives. I’m not referring to grammar mistakes or using the wrong verb, which would be more understandable but rather wrong spelling.
Below some of them:

1 -Than/then
The error that tops the list by far is "then" for "than" or vice versa.
It is quite obvious when one reads things like "I have more support then I ever thought possible", that the correct should be "than" instead of "then".


2 - Complement/ compliment
Another frequent error is "complement" for "compliment" or vice versa. If you're aware of the pronunciation, you’ll understand why.


3 - South instead of sour
Another common mistake. Although I'm not totally sure that it is. In my opinion "sour" has a total different meaning than "south", but I don’t know if people use it that way on purpose.


4 - Masturbation
This sensitive word, unlike the ones above, doesn't confuse it with other but with itself. It is very common to find it wrongly written.

5- Effect/affect

Another error is one that pops up often enough.

Other words don’t come to mind right now, but I'm sure there're more. Please, feel free to add to the list with your contribution.
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Old 01-26-2024, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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I'm not aware of any south/sour confusion. Perhaps it's autocorrect? I'd like to see an example of how people confuse South and Sour.

I know several avid fishermen who are proud master baiters. But they keep to themselves, standing alone with their poles.

One of my favorites is "would of" for "would have".

I often stumble over effect/affect and I've looked it up more than once. I can't seem to come up with an effective mnemonic to remember the rule, though.
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Old 01-26-2024, 08:07 AM
 
Location: NC
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Affect-> Act on.

Effect -> the End result.
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Old 01-26-2024, 08:28 AM
 
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Haven't heard of south/sour either. A couple of the others seem like typos or autocorrect issues. Autocorrect causes a lot of issues, some of them hilarious. Affect/effect however I've actually seen people at work get into arguments over.

I don't understand how people keep making the "would of" for "would've." It's such a common error that even when I was a kid, the English textbooks pointed it out specifically.

The one that I see a lot today is leaving out the verb "to be." As in "the clothes needs washed" instead of "the clothes need to be washed."
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Old 01-26-2024, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Affect-> Act on.

Effect -> the End result.
Thanks, I'll see if that sticks.

The one I use for practice/practise (American/British) is "we practice from C to shining C". The Brits use one spelling for the noun and the other for the verb. Yikes. (I see C-D's spell-checker doesn't like the British spelling at all!)
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Old 01-26-2024, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Argentina
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I'm not aware of any south/sour confusion. Perhaps it's autocorrect? I'd like to see an example of how people confuse South and Sour.
In my opinion, both words have very different meanings.
Sour: bitter
South: is just a cardinal point (south; north, east, west).
I understand that "sour" can also be used figuratively: John thought that Sean had betrayed him and their relationship went sour

But saying "south" instead of "sour" sounds like a mistake to me.
Obviously, I'm not a native English speaker. So you can instruct me on that.
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Old 01-26-2024, 05:24 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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3 - South instead of sour
Another common mistake. Although I'm not totally sure that it is. In my opinion "sour" has a total different meaning than "south", but I don’t know if people use it that way on purpose.
not at all common!
Are you hearing that in Argentina? because it is not heard here in the US.
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Old 01-26-2024, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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In my opinion, both words have very different meanings.
Sour: bitter
South: is just a cardinal point (south; north, east, west).
I understand that "sour" can also be used figuratively: John thought that Sean had betrayed him and their relationship went sour

But saying "south" instead of "sour" sounds like a mistake to me.
Obviously, I'm not a native English speaker. So you can instruct me on that.
Oh, I see. For a relationship to "go south" is about the same as "go sour". The direction of South is "down" so if something declines or gets worse, it can be said to "go south".

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us...20went%20south
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Old 01-26-2024, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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In my opinion, both words have very different meanings.
Sour: bitter
South: is just a cardinal point (south; north, east, west).
I understand that "sour" can also be used figuratively: John thought that Sean had betrayed him and their relationship went sour

But saying "south" instead of "sour" sounds like a mistake to me.
Obviously, I'm not a native English speaker. So you can instruct me on that.
South......as in their relationship went south (sour). down the tubes, over, fini. Generally, it means things went downhill.

The rest is Greek to me.
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Old 01-26-2024, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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The one that I see a lot today is leaving out the verb "to be." As in "the clothes needs washed" instead of "the clothes need to be washed."
That's regional and considered non-standard in the Northeast.

https://ygdp.yale.edu/phenomena/needs-washed

You may be encountering it more, or perceiving that it's more common today, because more people are speaking/publishing/broadcasting without professional media gatekeepers.
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