Easily Confused Words: Exited vs. Excited

Exited and excited are easily confused words. I see these confused on Twitter quite a bit.

The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary, but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted, or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.

Exited (pronounced “ehx-iht-ihd”) is the past tense of the verb “exit.” It is used to indicate when someone left a vehicle, a building, or other

Excited (pronounced “ehx-sigh-tihd”) has multiple meanings.

  • As an adjective, it describes someone being thrilled, very happy, or positively surprised by recent events.
  • As an past tense verb, it describes someone else’s reactions to recent good news.

The following story uses both words correctly:

Exodia was so excited after her favorite pop star crush shook her hand while onstage. She almost fainted after it happened. She excited the arena with a friend. She wet her face in a bathroom sink and took a breather.


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