No matter how good you are at writing essays and term papers, there is always room for an error. Essays use formal standard vocabulary, which you ought to know if you have written a few of them in your life. But even if you will use synonyms and appropriate stylistic references, it is not guaranteed that your essays and term papers will be flawless.
Here is the list of some of the most common vocabulary mistakes that students make while writing their essays. So if you will read it, your writing skills will improve greatly. First of all, when proofreading your essay, pay attention to adjectives ending with -ed and -ing (e.g. interesting vs. interested), so that adjectives that end with -ed are used to denote a state and the ones ending with -ing denotes a quality.
The most common vocabulary errors occur in words like:
hole/whole, here/hear, its/it’s, know/no, knew/new, desert/dessert, they’re/their/there, to/too/two, through/threw.
Besides that, make sure to pay very close attention to words that are similar in spelling, because they are not identified by word processors. Among some of the most common ones are:
accept/except, advice/advise, affect/effect, loose/lose, than/then, sense/since, quiet/quit/quite, etc.
Vocabulary errors occur quite often and they are not very easy to spot while proofreading, so be aware of them and it will greatly improve your writing.