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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (February 26, 2008)

Was it Quite Quiet?

One of the most common spelling errors I find in my students' work is the accidental (I assume) transposition of letters in the words "quite" and "quiet."

Run your spellchecker and you will find no error in this sentence: "It was quiet hard to hear the teacher from the back of the room."

This sentence also eludes the spellchecker: "It was so quite that I could hear myself breathing."

What to do? Do, of course, run a spell check on all your work. Then, read the text aloud to yourself and see if you can catch quite a few more quiet errors in your text!


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