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Spell Check

Identify the misspelled word in each sentence and enter its correct spelling.
Quiz by ThirdParty
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Last updated: January 28, 2014
First submittedDecember 16, 2013
Times taken32,226
Rating4.98
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The principle factor in my deliberations must be my family's health.
principal
Regrettably, the deceased monarch did not leave behind any airs.
heirs
Ever sense the hijacking, she refuses to board planes.
since
I will only tell you my secret if you promise to be discrete.
discreet
Overuse of pesticides had a deleterious affect on eagle eggs.
effect
She awaited his next advance with baited breath.
bated
A noxious scent began defusing through the ventilation system.
diffusing
You can now buy a ride into outer space, but the fair is exorbitant.
fare
I council you to keep your eyes peeled and your mouth zipped.
counsel
The bell of the ball looked devilish in her black satin gown.
belle
In a blaring of bugles, the Calvary rode to the rescue.
cavalry
There are no inherit differences between races, only cultural ones.
inherent
We must liberate the populous from the tyrannical dictator.
populace
The husband's diamond cuff links matched his wife's broach.
brooch
Salad was traditionally a palette cleanser eaten just before dessert.
palate
He was adverse to team sports, preferring solo competitions.
averse
The film's climatic moment came just minutes before the end.
climactic
He confessed because the felony was preying upon his conscious.
conscience
I cannot discern the rational behind the new protocols.
rationale
This wine is the perfect compliment for fish such as perch or bass.
complement
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level 77
Dec 17, 2013
Very nice!
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level 72
Dec 18, 2013
LOVE this!
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level 66
Dec 18, 2013
Need more time.
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level 51
Jun 28, 2014
Eye kneaded moor thyme two.
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level 81
Jul 16, 2014
Haha, nice.
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level 52
Oct 12, 2018
oui, moi aussi
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level 59
Dec 18, 2019
Time*
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level 73
Dec 18, 2013
Too hard...please except alternative spellings :-)
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level 49
Dec 18, 2013
:-D
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level 78
Dec 26, 2013
"He was adverse to team sports, prefering solo competitions." This one has two errors! The correct spelling is "preferring".
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level 49
Dec 26, 2013
You're right. I've submitted a fixed version.
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level 49
Dec 30, 2013
Because this quiz was so well-received, I have gone ahead and created a sequel: Spell Check #2.
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level 49
Jan 2, 2014
And now Spell Check #3 as well.
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level 69
Jan 27, 2014
one more minute please!
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level 73
Jan 27, 2014
Would be nice
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level 63
Jan 27, 2014
I spent so much time trying to figure out how "exorbitant" was spelled wrong that I missed fair/fare.
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level 76
Jan 27, 2014
I did the same thing with "deleterious".
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level 49
Jan 27, 2014
Yep, that was a deliberate red herring; if the only words in the sentence were ones you were sure you knew how to spell, the obvious error would have been obvious.
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level 50
Jun 20, 2014
Bad choice of phrasing.
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level 49
Jan 27, 2014
Outstanding quiz!
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level 71
Jan 27, 2014
That was awesome...nice job. Not too happy with only thirteen but looking foreward to the other two...yes there is a misspell on purpose.
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level 52
Jan 27, 2014
gahh! I zoned out and the time expired.
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level 35
Jan 28, 2014
I spent ages wondering why it wasn't accepting sulphurous- Why can't we all just spell things the same way? -_- Could sulphurous be accepted or the word changed or specify that American spellings are used?
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level 49
Jan 28, 2014
Dang, I thought I'd avoided British/American differences; missed that one. I've changed "sulfurous" to "noxious".
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level 25
Jan 28, 2014
aeroplane ;)
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level 49
Jan 28, 2014
Blimey! I've changed it to "planes".
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level 55
Apr 21, 2014
Finally, something for us grammar Nazis.
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level 81
Jul 16, 2014
Yes! I feel exactly the same. These kinds of things drive me nuts.
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level 45
Jun 6, 2014
UMMMM... The first spelling of "principle" was actually correct in this case. No one else noticed?
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level 49
Jun 6, 2014
"Principle" is a noun meaning "basic tenet" and "principal" is an adjective meaning "most important".
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level 64
Dec 18, 2019
Some people just have no principles when it comes to spelling and grammar.
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level 24
Jun 17, 2014
Wow, really cool quiz! :) I as a language nerd love stuff like that.
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level 27
Jul 3, 2014
i think wrong word not wrong spelling or misspelled
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level 50
Aug 6, 2014
3:33 left. Winner!
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level 76
Sep 24, 2018
6:66 left. Double winner!
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level 59
Dec 18, 2019
But there are only 60 seconds in a minute ;)
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level 55
Nov 26, 2014
Took me forever to get populace. Love this quiz!
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level 19
Nov 27, 2014
only 6/20. Awesome Quiz!
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level 58
Apr 6, 2015
Loved this!
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level 66
Jun 5, 2015
100% with 2:09 left.
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level 83
Apr 24, 2016
The problem is I don't nearly always understand what the writer wants to say. I get so stuck on the misspellings. Like "bell" - wtf is a bell doing at the ball? Church bell? Wedding bell? And I lose track of what I am reading completely. The best one I've ever come across in a real text was the phrase "peach black". Now that must've been some peach!
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level 81
Apr 24, 2016
I wouldn't eat that peach if I was you.
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level 77
Oct 27, 2016
Since we're being grammar Nazis here, "...if I WERE you." (The 'if' triggers using the subjunctive tense.)
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level 81
Sep 23, 2019
Thanks for the correction :)
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level 68
Apr 24, 2016
I fund thes quis prety eesy my being sooch a god speler.
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level 67
Apr 24, 2016
This is technically a spelling quiz, but really a grammar quiz. Either way, well done!
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level 47
Apr 24, 2016
I just love quizzes in which I know every single one of the answers first time.
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level 60
Apr 24, 2016
Great one- #'s 2 to 10, please, ThirdParty! Being male, I struggled with "not cuff links" for a while. Average score of 25 year olds? My guess is about 3.
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level 69
Apr 25, 2016
This is the kind of quiz which shows who truly got an education.
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level 72
Apr 25, 2016
This quiz doesn't seem to accept type-ins.
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level 76
Sep 24, 2018
I've been looking for this snarky comment.
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level 67
Apr 26, 2016
Finally, a quiz to indulge my inner copy editor.
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level 38
Jun 13, 2016
Too easy!
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level 39
Jul 8, 2016
"You can now buy a ride into outer space, but the fare is exorbitant." Am I the only who chuckled because outer space is literally out of (earth's) orbit?
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level 72
Oct 17, 2016
This was grate, ThirdParty; excellent job on the read herrings! Thank ewe for doing a pare of sequels to!
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level 54
Nov 21, 2016
2.26 left for me...
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level 17
Jul 8, 2017
Awesome quiz!
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level 41
Oct 21, 2017
Gweat quis! Shud doo moor off dese!
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level 15
Jan 14, 2018
2:59 to spare GFG
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level 67
Feb 11, 2018
I'm sorry, but knowing the full context of these statements shows that many of the "mistakes" are actually correct.

-Being part of a continuum of people makes it impossible to keep a secret, so truly it is important to be discrete.
-Knowing his fondness for Italian food, she had just eaten a full bulb of garlic.
-The "noxious scent" deactivated a series of bombs set throughout the ducting.
-The Orbital Carnival does, in fact, charge far too much for tickets.
-Inheritance law itself does not distinguish between races, but varying cultural interpretations and attitudes can have an effect.
-The film referred to is Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Please make the appropriate corrections with all do speed.
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level 76
Sep 24, 2018
Well played finish.
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level 76
Sep 24, 2018
Nice use of potential homonyms throughout the sentences to make us work for it.
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level 53
Jan 27, 2019
pervect with 16 sec left
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level 45
Feb 7, 2019
Love it. Thanks!
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level 38
Aug 15, 2019
climactic moment.
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level 66
Jan 15, 2020
I live in a small village in Bhutan for my whole life and finished within 2 minutes.
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level 43
Jan 25, 2020
Since "calvary" was capitalized, I thought it was a proper noun.