The Most Common Typos: Your Ultimate Guide

They are some of the most common mistakes in writing: typos. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been at the keyboard; it’s inevitable that your ring finger will slip to the next key over, you’ll pop in an extra space, or you’ll spell out an incorrect word that’s phonetically similar to the correct version. Most spell-checkers and grammar-checkers simply won’t find all typos. It takes an experienced editor with a well-trained eye to find every mistake, but this list of common writing mistakes and frequently misspelled words can help you find regular errors that most people make. Quickly scanning for these common errors can help eliminate the majority of typos made, and word-for-word editing will help you find the rest.

We’ve compiled this most common typos list to help our experienced writers find and eliminate errors in their copy. Give it a read and improve your writing!

Infographic: Ultimate Guide to Typos

Stephanie Nolan, an editor for Online Writing Jobs, is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Since college, she's both edited and written film scripts, press releases, fictional stories, and articles. After gaining professional experience with Public Relations, Human Resources, and Recruitment, she discovered OWJ. With her strong marketing background and love of the written word, she now found a great balance while working with online content.

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4 comments on “The Most Common Typos: Your Ultimate Guide
  1. Mirlan says:

    Quite a nice list. I can’t help thinking, however, that from the top up to and including “he/the”, the two columns are inadvertently switched. I’ve seen far more typos such as “in and incredible tour de force”, “more then 5,000”, “he was going to fast” than the reverse.

  2. Admin says:

    Yes, often it is the reverse of what’s listed here. All that matters is that *your cognizant of *you’re intent. (Haha!)

  3. Pradhnya says:

    Awesome infographic! Even the most experienced writers make these mistakes…

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