Correct spelling, explanation: an English verb succeed appeared in English in the times of Middle English when it entered the language from an Old French form succeeder. The origin of the word, however, can be found in the Latin language, in which it had the form succedere and could be translated as come close after.
Definition of succeed:
1. verb – to achieve something that you wanted;
She has tried to pass her driving test four times and finally succeeded.
2. verb – to take an official position after somebody else;
When John’s father got seriously ill, he succeeded him in the company as the manager.
Collocations with succeed:
A few common collocations with succeed include: succeed in something, be unlikely to succeed, and appoint somebody to succeed.
She’s been trying to succeed in the career of an engineer, but it’s really difficult as she has to compete mainly with men.
His final exams are in two weeks and he barely studies so he’s rather unlikely to succeed.
The president appointed him to succeed the former Prime Minister.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the word succeed causes a lot of trouble when it comes to spelling as it features a double -c letter and a double -e letter. While the pronunciation of the word indeed suggests that there is a double -e letter, a double -c letter isn’t so obvious. As a result, a common mistake is to spell succeed as
suceed, which is wrong.
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