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This is a post that lists the commonly misused or confused English terms and the correct terms. Much too often, I see writers making very basic mistakes without realizing it. Either they don't know which words are correct, or they've made a simple typo. However, we can't rely on spellchecker to fix that for us. The spellchecker will only highlight the misspelled words, not point out the wrong usage. So, here’s a chance to refresh your memory and relearn the correct terms of these words and phrases. I hope that this will stop writers from tweeting me with phrases like “Your welcome.” Because that makes me very stabby. Anyway, here goes~
Altogether/All together altogether: entirely all together: everything in one place, gathered
Breath/Breathe breath: noun- inhaled/exhaled air breathe: verb-to inhale/exhale
Council/Counsel council: a group that advises counsel: to advise
ELICIT/Illicit elicit: to draw or bring out illicit: illegal
Staring/Starring staring: looking starring: have someone as a performer in a movie, play, etc.
Can't remember all of them? Then hire yourself an editor!