8 Commonly Misused Words

Writers Write is your one-stop writing resource. In this post, we share eight of the most commonly misused words.

Source – Daily Infographic

[Top Tip: If you need practical help with your grammar, buy The Complete Grammar Workbook.]

This article has 11 comments

  1. Gordon

    Not impressed as the correct words are abused often.

  2. NRH Welch

    Fewer/Less and Lie/Lay are dialectal differences, not misuses…

  3. Cheyenne

    Can we make one that focuses on the correct context in which to use the word “literally”?

  4. Tiffany

    I may or may not have misused accept for except haha

  5. Erika

    NRH Welch, you are mistaken, they are not dialectical differences.

  6. Erika

    Gordon, it has nothing to do with correct or incorrect words. Each word has distinct and different grammatical uses.

  7. NRH Welch

    Erika, in many dialects of English of the world “lay” is used where Standard English uses “lie”, and this is perfectly grammatical and standard usage in the dialect – for example in British dialects like Sussex English, in American dialects like Appalachian English, in South African dialects like varieties of so called Coloured South African English, and in Australian dialects like the Sydney dialect.

    To claim the standard usage is more “right” than these numerous dialects is just linguistic prescriptivism…

    The same goes for the less/fewer case.

  8. Carolyn

    I live in Australia so maybe this is a cultural sort of thing but numerous of my English teachers have told me that “lay” is the past term for “lie”?
    He had gone to lie down but they had stopped him.
    He lay down beside her on the bed of soft green grass.

    … Or am I just getting slack due to the school holidays?

  9. Writers Write

    Carolyn, you are correct. Please follow this link http://the-plain-language-programme.posthaven.com/lay-or-lie

  10. Carolyn

    Oh, okay, thanks ^_^
    I was beginning to think that maybe I was wrong and that I’d need to go through and edit all my writing… Haha. 🙂

  11. Adam

    Don’t forget Who and Whom, Which and That, Whether and If, Since and Because, May and Might, Affect and Effect… Grammar Police beware, we are watching!

Comments are now closed.