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'Auto-correct gen gets easy words wrong'

Technology has created an "auto-correct generation" unable to spell common words like 'necessary' and 'separate', a UK survey has claimed.

world Updated: May 23, 2012 00:14 IST

Technology has created an "auto-correct generation" unable to spell common words like 'necessary' and 'separate', a UK survey has claimed.

The survey, published on Tuesday, was commissioned by Mencap, a UK-based charity, to mark this week's launch of its Spellathon competition, where children and adults are encouraged to test their spelling.

Only one in five adults out of 2,000 was able to answer all five questions correctly, the Daily Mail reported.

65% failed to spell 'necessary' while 33% struggled with 'definitely' and 'separate'. Respondents also admitted to extensive use of spell checks and auto-correct functions.