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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

I’ve noticed so many spelling errors in documents I read that I have concluded many people pay no attention to their spellcheckers.

Here are some words that all end with the same sound, “seed,” but can be separated into three categories:

SEDE—Only one English word ends with this: supersede.

CEED—Only three English words end with this: succeed, proceed and exceed.

CEDE—All other English words ending with the “seed” sound use this: intercede, precede, accede, etc.

I still encourage you to pay attention to the markings your spelling and grammar check programs make on your documents.

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Which Spelling Is Correct?

English has quite a few words that are spelled two ways and mean the same thing.  When you look these words up in the dictionary, the convention is to give the preferred spelling first.  Here are some words you can spell two ways:

AX/AXE

ADVISOR/ADVISER

ARCHAEOLOGY/ARCHEOLOGY

BARBECUE/BARBEQUE

DISC/DISK

WHISKEY/WHISKY

GRAY/GREY

COLLECTIBLE/COLLECTABLE

British people write judgement, while in America we omit that middle e.  Similarly, they write colour, honour, centre and theatre, while Americans prefer color, honor, center and theater.  Language changes in spelling, grammar, meaning and usage, but the changes are rarely so rapid that you can’t keep up.

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