Have you ever felt confused when trying to spell a word out? It happens to the best of us. For example, when you look at “Envolved” and “Involved”, which form do you think is correct?
We want to know which spelling we should use, and which one we should avoid.
“Involved” is the correct word to describe being in a close relationship with someone. “Envolved” is an incorrect way to spell this word, which you should avoid, and never use. “Involved” can also refer to something difficult to understand and to the interest in something like a cause, or project.
Let’s take a look at some examples:
- Are you envolved in any community service projects? (incorrect)
- Are you involved in any community service projects?
- Marcos and Maria are envolved with each other. (incorrect)
- Marcos and Maria are involved with each other.
The two sets of examples show two different meanings for the word “Involved”: the first set is about someone’s “Involvement” in community projects, and the second is about two people being “Involved” with each other.
As you can see, “Envolved” never works. It’s an incorrect spelling and, consequently, it should be avoided.
“Envolved” is not a word. It’s an incorrect form of the word “Involved”. Although it’s a common mistake, to swap the “i” for the “e” at the beginning of the word, it doesn’t make it right. You should always avoid using “Envolved” and use only “Involved”.
The Cambridge Dictionary indicates that “Envolved” is not a word and confirms it’s a common misspelling of the word “Involved”.
Let’s look at some examples that include the incorrect word “Envolved”, followed by the correct version of the sentence:
- You need to be more envolved in Blair’s school. (incorrect)
- You need to be more involved in Blair’s school.
- The plot of the book was too envolved to understand. (incorrect)
- The plot of the book was too involved to understand.
- I was afraid to get envolved in their fight. (incorrect)
- I was afraid to get involved in their fight.
In every scenario, regardless of the meaning behind the word, “Envolved” is always incorrect. Sentences 1 and 2 are about someone’s “Involvement” with a school. Sentences 3 and 4 are about a story being too difficult to understand: an “Involved” plot, or structure.
And last, but not least, sentences 5 and 6 are about someone getting “Involved” in someone else’s fight. In every case, “Envolve” is never acceptable and should always be replaced by “Involved”.
“Involved” is a word that can have different meanings. It indicates something that’s the opposite of simple, or hard to understand. It also describes being in a close relationship with someone. And finally, it relates to being involved with something you’re interested in, such as a cause, event, or project.
The Cambridge Dictionary includes all three definitions, but the one at the top, that appears first is the one that says, “not simple, and therefore difficult to understand”.
- I should be more involved in my work.
- She is very involved in her community.
- He is involved in the metal music community.
- I did not want to get involved with her friend group.
- I avoided getting involved in school.
- The story was so involved, that I couldn’t make sense of it.
Which one of those forms is used more often, “Involved” or “Envolved”? We’ll find out by looking at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below.
We always expect that the correct word will appear more when comparing words that are correct with incorrect words. In this case, the correct form is the prevalent one, as we imagined. “Involved” is by far the most used of the two words.
“Envolved” barely appears at the bottom of the graph. As an incorrect form, that’s what we also expected to see. You should always avoid using words you know are spelled incorrectly.
“Involved” is the correct word to indicate the close relationship between two people, describe something very hard to understand, and detail someone’s engagement with a project, a cause, etc. “Envolved” is an incorrect spelling for this word, and as such should always be avoided.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.