We are talking about homophones (similar sounding words) that one may misspell or misuse, and your word processor won’t pick up the nuance unless you also run a grammar check. Here are some examples (and my pet peeves).
Loose vs Lose. Your shirt may be loose, but you lose your temper.
Whose vs who’s. Whose birthday is it? And who’s organizing the party?
You’re vs your. You’re not telling me your whole story.
Its vs it’s. It’s here, but its box is broken.
Allude vs elude. I’m alluding to the words that sound the same, but the meaning of some of the words eludes me.
Envelop vs envelope. The envelope can be used to envelop the letter.
Council vs Counsel. The Student Council had to counsel the miscreant.
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Sunanda Chatterjee is a practicing physician in Southern California. When she is not by the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Get her novel