Correct spelling, explanation: the word trespass entered the English language in the times of Middle English, but the origin of the word can be found in the Latin word transpassare, which later entered Old French in the forms trespasser and trespas, which could be translated as pass over. Then, a French version of the word appeared in English, too.
Definition of trespass:
1. verb – to break the law and enter someone’s land without a permit;
Remember not to trespass on this area as it is strictly forbidden.
2. noun (old use) – immoral behavior, a sin;
For such a trespass she will serve a severe punishment.
Expressions with trespass:
Popular expressions include:
1. trespass on/upon something – to take advantage of someone’s kindness;
She said I could stay at her place for as long as I wish, but I didn’t want to trespass on her hospitality.
2. trespass against the law – to break the law;
It’s so easy to trespass against the law when you grow up in this neighborhood.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: the word trespass causes some trouble when it comes to spelling as both learners and native speakers of English get confused with the s letters in this word. The only correct spelling is with a single s in the first syllable and a double -s in the second one, which gives trespass. A common mistake is to write it as
tresspass, which is wrong.
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