In my editing endeavors recently I’ve encountered a lot of words that spellcheck doesn’t always catch and so it prompted me to share a few of them with you.
Passed (verb) vs Past (preposition or adverb)
- The time has passed for you to submit the rebuttal.
- That event happened in the past.
- I passed by the door on the way to the bathroom.
- I walked past the door.
- Two is a number (2) — I have two cycling friends.
- Too means ‘also’ — I have to invite my cycling friends to the event, too.
Four vs For
- Four is a number (4) — She has four brothers.
- For is a preposition (or conjunction) — She needs her brothers for protection.
Peace (noun; uncountable) vs Piece (noun; countable)
- The peace between the cats and dogs lasted until the treats were devoured.
- Mom won’t get a moment’s peace until Dad gets home and can watch the baby.
- Meditation helps reach a peace of mind.
- She used four pieces of paper.
- The musicians separated the sheet music into separate pieces.
- Can you give me a piece of advice, please?
Of course there is their/there, too, and so many others. I’m sure you come across many in your daily reading. Share a few that you see too often or that have stuck with you, in the comments.
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.