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25 Commonly misspelled words — how many would you get right?

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

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Do you spell better than a fifth grader?

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Do you spell better than a fifth grader?

Spelling comes easy for some of us, but some words are just a little more difficult to get just right. Do you know how to spell these 25 words?

The English language is a mysterious entity that doesn't really have a whole lot of "rules" that can be applied across the whole thing. For example, some words totally follow the "i before e, except after c" rule — others have no interest in following that rule and do their own thing (see a few examples below). This leads to quite a few words that don't really quite make the grade in regards to spelling — in other words, they're easy to screw up. In fact, "misspell" could easily fit here itself!

Here are 25 words that are commonly misspelled, and how to do it right.

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Achieve

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Achieve

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Beginning

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Beginning

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Believe

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Believe

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Existence

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Existence

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Familiar

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Familiar

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Finally

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Finally

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Foreign

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Foreign

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Forty

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Forty

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Government

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Government

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Happened

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Happened

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Humorous

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Humorous

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Incidentally

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Incidentally

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Independent

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Independent

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Noticeable

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Noticeable

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Occurred

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Occurred

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Possession

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Possession

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Publicly

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Publicly

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Religious

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Religious

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Sense

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Sense

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Tattoo

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Tattoo

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Tomorrow

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Tomorrow

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Tongue

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Tongue

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Truly

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Truly

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Unfortunately

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Unfortunately

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Your dictionary

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Your dictionary

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