Spelling - common problems

its (possessive pronoun)

  • The department cut its budget.


it's (contraction/abbreviation for "it is")

  • It's going to be a busy semester.


presently actually means in the future, soon, or after a short time.

  • "He will arrive presently." It means soon. It should not be used to mean now. (Use currently if you mean now.)


entitle actually means to give or to render, as in

  • "The claim entitles Native Canadians to fish on the land."

This word should not be used in reference to a book, unless one is speaking of the author’s act of giving the book a name, as in "He decided to entitle his book, A Life in Progress." But the book is titled or called A Life in Progress.

  • in regard to not ‘in regards to’

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