The Top Ten List of Errors that
Spell-Check Cannot Catch
1) Too / to / two
We too, are going to the meeting in two hours.
2) They’re / their / there
They’re spending their vacation in the
3) Than / then
He asked for less than five minutes of my time; then he took an hour.
4) Where / were / we’re
Where we went wrong was in thinking that we were infallible; we’re not.
5) Affect / effect
Many people are affected by the realization that nuclear war would have far-reaching effects.
6) Apart (from)/ a part (of)
Apart from my spelling, you can tell that I’m a part of this year’s graduating class.
7) You’re (you are)/ your (possessive pronoun)
You’re crazy if you think I’m cleaning up your mess.
8) Except / accept
All the plaintiffs except Mr. Kim decided to accept the settlement.
9) Who’s / whose
Who’s (who is) standing on the patio and whose (belonging to whom)sculpture is that next to them?
10) It’s (it is) / its (possessive pronoun)
It’s important to observe the rat before it has its meal.