Incorrect spelling, explanation: despite the fact, that pronunciation may lead some to this spelling, it is incorrect, because the word instead comes from two words: in stead (from Middle English), meaning in place of a substitute. Therefore instead is the correct form and
instade is a misspelling.
Correct spelling, explanation: this form, instead, is created from two separate words in and stead. Here, stead means a place occupied by a substitute. In Middle English, this word functioned as these two coming together, but later they merged into today’s form. Therefore
instade is incorrect.
Definition of instead:
adverb, in a matter that replaces something
Instead of playing video games all day, we should go outside.
I don’t like chicken. I will order turkey instead.
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