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Missed vs Mist

Missed vs Mist. The mist from the sprinkler just missed the house. None of your writing errors will be missed with ErrNET copyediting technology!

Missed is the past tense form of the verb “miss”, which means to fail to hit or strike; to miss a target; to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.; to fail to take advantage of; to fail to be present at or for.

Mist as a noun is a cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog; something that dims, obscures, or blurs.
Mist as a verb is to cover or become covered with mist.

Missed and mist are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. “Missed” and “mist” are easily confused and misused words in English writing. To avoid making this mistake, and thousands of others, in your writing, use ErrNET, the world’s leading copyediting technology!

Missed sentence examples:

You just missed her but you may be able to catch her because she literally left a minute ago.

It seems that I have missed all of the great opportunities in life.

The batter missed three balls in a row and struck out.

They missed seeing you last night.

She missed her bus so she will be at least 30 minutes late for work.

Mist sentence examples:

She loves the warm mist of the shower in the morning.

It was so cold last night that the mist froze on my car windows.

I’m going to mist the room with my new scented spray to freshen it up.

The hot mist of a sauna is great for relaxing your muscles after a long workout.

The cool mist felt great on my face during my run this morning.

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