Spelling and meaning are important to know
Yes, our computer's spell check function points out glaring spelling errors. But that's not the case for words that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context. Because the English language is full of homonyms (words that sound and look similar but have very different meanings), it's easy to introduce errors that make you look less intelligent or more sloppy than you are. For this reason, it's critical to not only spell check but also proofread your documents, especially for the following common misuses.
1. Affect versus Effect
There is a lot of confusion around this one but here's the rule: "Affect" is a verb and "effect" is a noun. It's as simple as that.
2. Would Have NOT Would of
The subtlety in pronunciation leads to the rampant misuse of this phrase; however "would of" is never correct and may make you appear as if you are not well-read.
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3. Through versus Threw versus Thorough
"He threw the