Tricky spelling of words from French origin

Confusing spelling of words from French origin

Beware of interference effects when switching from one language to the other:

adresse  address
appartement  apartment
compétitivité  competitiveness
correspondance  correspondence
exemple  example
existant existent
environnement  environment
indépendance  independence
médecine  medicine
messager  messenger
négligeable  negligible
négociation  negotiation
offense  offence
recommandation  recommendation
réflexion  reflection
représentativité  representativeness
responsable  responsible
tarif  tariff

Reference List

European Commission English Style Guide - A handbook for authors and translators in the European Commission Eighth edition: January 2016 Last updated: May 2018 "[PDF File]" Retrieved from

University of Oxford Style Guide. "[PDF File]" Retrieved from