English, in comparison to Latin-based languages prevailing in Europe, is relatively simpler. However, it does have its quirks. Since it has been enriched by words drawn from many different cultures, one has to keep the spelling in mind though pronunciation may be different. This is where people are likely to stumble and commit errors of spelling.
Further compounding the confusion is that there are definite rules in English that govern spelling such as the double consonant rule. It becomes more confusing when you see that American English does not strictly follow the English rule of doubling the consonant as happens in the label which becomes labeling in English but labeling in American English. Then there are instances of singular to plural where simple addition of “s” is a mistake. Then there are homonyms that can confuse people because they sound the same and may also be spelled the same way but mean something different like, for instance, “idol” and Idle”. If you use a word processor spell checker it will show the word as an error depending on which dictionary is referenced or it may not even show it as an error because the word is spelled right.
Then there are words such as affect and effect and farther and further that people often use interchangeably through the meanings and contextual uses are quite different. If you use one word for the other in a sentence then your word processor spell check facility then it will not even detect if that word is right because it is spelled right. The context also determines which word e.g. further or farther is right. Americans, as you will find, are prone to using the word further where it should rightly be “farther” as is common in British English usage. Take the word pair “discreet” and “discrete”. Their meanings are quite different. How do you distinguish which one is right if spell check in word processor does not indicate it as an error? It is difficult but with NOUNPLUS AI-powered online spell check utility that you can use for free you get to know these errors.
Why use sophisticated checkers for spelling? Whether you are a student or a professional, if your writing is full of spelling errors you project a very poor impression of your capabilities. Students can get negative marking if their assignments or papers are full of spelling mistakes. Students from non-native English speaking countries are more prone to committing grammatical and spelling errors because they are not aware of usage and of conventions as well as rules. Word processors are quite primitive in this respect. A sophisticated solution is what is needed but such sophisticated solutions can be expensive. NOUNPLUS, however, is a rare and free AI-powered spell checker that lets you check spelling errors before you send out an email or submit a research paper. Your document will truly shine when it is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
There is an added benefit to using such spellcheckers. One can improve one’s knowledge of the English language and get to know the fine distinctions of using the right word in the right sense.
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