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Your boss tweets the following sentence: ‘Burger & Lobster definately does the best burgers in London’.

Do you a) feel smug that you’re clearly cleverer than them, b) relate – you used ‘you’re’ instead of ‘your’ in your latest Facebook status this very morning, c) fail to even notice because your grammer and spelling skills went down the pan the day you got you’re first brick-sized Nokia 3210 back in 1998?

According to new research, one third of people in the UK are unable to acurately spell simple words such as separate (or is it seperate?) and have no idea where, a comma is supposed to sit in a sentance. Why has our grasp of the English language taken such a nosedive? Blame that tablet you’ve been tweeting/facebooking/emailing from since 7am this morning. Because while three quarters of us still believe were good at spelling, scientists have found that our relience on desktop spell-checkers and autocorrect means we don’t even realise how poor our spelling has become.

Don’t believe that computers have made our brains lazy? This article is littered with spelling and grammatical mistakes. There are eight of them in total. See if you spotted all (answers below, no cheating now. Find out more about how computers are frying our brains here.

The mistakes

Your boss tweets the following sentence: ‘Burger & Lobster definately does the best burgers in London’. Do you a) feel smug that you’re clearly cleverer than them, b) relate – you used ‘you’re’ instead of ‘your’ in your latest Facebook status this very morning, c) fail to even notice because your grammer and spelling skills went down the pan the day you got you’re first brick-sized Nokia 3210 back in 1998?

According to new research, one third of people in the UK are unable to acurately spell simple words such as separate (or is it seperate?) and have no idea where, a comma is supposed to sit in a sentance. Why has our grasp of the English language taken such a nosedive? Blame that tablet you’ve been tweeting/facebooking/emailing from since 7am this morning. Because while three quarters of us still believe were good at spelling, scientists have found that our relience on desktop spell-checkers and autocorrect means we don’t even realise how poor our spelling has become.

So, did you get them all?

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