07 Apr Spelling It Out

Last week, the title of my post was “Making Your Greetings and Sign-Offs WRITE”.  Some of my readers told me I should have used “right”, not “write”. Well, they could be right…”write” was a play on the word “right”. Confused yet?

Let me make myself clearer.

“Write” and “right” are homophones, that is, words that are pronounced the same but their meanings and spellings are different.

Learning these differences will take your written English to the next level (and make me very happy).

Take a look at these examples:

  1. It isn’t right that we didn’t receive a bonus this year.
    I am going to write an email to my manager today.
  2. I’m not sure whether or not we’ll go on holidays for Easter.
    The weather forecast is looking sunny for the next few days.
  3. Our receptionist collects the mail every morning.
    Please fill out the form, selecting whether you are male or female.
  4. They’re all going into a meeting at 11am today.
    Their work is very skilled and time-consuming.
    There will be a problem if the report is not submitted on time.
  5. You’re  going to be late if you don’t leave the office soon.
    Your work on the latest project was excellent.
  6. Please arrive at the appointment at two o’clock tomorrow.
    It is going to be hot this Summer.
    I am too warm in this office today.

Got any questions?  Have you seen any other misspellings of homophones?  Let me know! I would love to hear from you.