Wrong Form of Word

When you write quickly, you may accidentally use a word form that is different than the one that you intended to use.

When you revise, carefully read through your writing or get someone else to read your work to help you find these types of errors. Here are some examples of word-form errors that can occur:

If you want to prediction who will win the state cross-country meet, check which team has won most of its meets this fall.

Instead, this sentence should read:

If you want to predict who will win the state cross-country meet, check which team has won most of its meets this fall.

Another example is:

This is not a foolproof method of predicting the winner since certain teams are inconsiderable.

Inconsiderable means "small," when the writer meant to use the word inconsistent, which means "unpredictable."

Can you find the word form error in this sentence?

I am capability of studying before dinner when I don't procrastinate.

The word capability is used incorrectly. The writer should change capability to capable.

One more example of a word form error is:

Sari will attended her brother's graduation next spring if it does not happen the same weekend as hers.

In this sentence, the writer should change attended to attend.

Learning the parts of speech can teach you how each part functions in a sentence and help you to be more effective when proofreading your own work. Ask your instructor or writing tutor for advice if you make multiple errors in using word forms.