Correct spelling, explanation: the word succeed originates from the Latin form succedere, which had the meaning of come close after. Later the word appeared in Old French, too, in which it had the form of succedere. Finally, in late Middle English, it entered the language. Today, succeed is a commonly used verb.
Definition of succeed:
1. verb – to be successful;
I don’t think I will ever succeed in a Chemistry test – I simply hate that subject at school.
2. verb – to take a job or some other position after someone else;
Our SEO is leaving for a conference so you will succeed him in the department.
Expressions and phrases with succeed:
Some commonly used expressions and phrases with succeed are:
1. succeed an office – to take over an office;
We need to find someone responsible to succeed an office after Bill retires.
2. succeed a fortune – to inherit a lot of money;
He was about to succeed a fortune, but his grandfather changed his last will a few days before his death.
3. right to succeed – to have the right to inherit;
You can have the right to succeed only if the last will says so.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the verb succeed has quite a troublesome spelling as both the native users of English and its learners tend to forget that there is not only a double -e letter but also a double -c letter. Therefore, a popular mistake is to write the word as
suceed, which is incorrect and the only right spelling is succeed.
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