Correct spelling, explanation: the word successful belongs to the word family of success, which appeared in English in the middle of the 16th century. It came from the Latin word succedere, which used to mean to come close after. Today, successful is a popular adjective, used in both formal and informal contexts.
Definition of successful:
1. adjective – refers to achieving the desired results, e.g. make a lot of money, have a career, be famous, etc.
She is the owner of a very successful fashion company, which is getting more and more popular around the whole country.
Collocations with successful:
Some common collocations with the word include: become successful, extremely successful, successful at something;
She has overcome her weaknesses and has become a successful businesswoman.
He has been running an extremely successful IT company.
John has got a lot of work, but somehow he manages to be successful at keeping the life-work balance.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the word successful causes a lot of trouble when it comes to spelling as it features a double -c and -s, but only a single -l. It tends to be confusing, as the word full itself indeed has a double -l. The fact of a double -c and -s also causes some problems and as a result, a common mistake is to spell the word successful as
succesfull, which is wrong.
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