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Spelling

Many books have been written to help writers with spelling problems. Most often, however, the best help is a dictionary. To avoid careless spelling mistakes, a writer should look up those words about which he or she has the slightest doubt. The two best tools to guard against spelling errors in your letters are care in writing and a dictionary at your side.

Most word-processing software packages feature a "spellcheck" function. If you have any doubts about your spelling ability, a spellcheck can be a saving grace. It will highlight any misspelled words and help you choose a correctly spelled alternative. Spellchecks will not, however, catch misused words (e.g., cat for can or lamb for lamp). A careful proofreading is still the best guard against misuse.


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