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Useful ways to remember how to spell those tricky and commonly confused words



MORE WAYS TO HELP
WITH THOSE COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS

A visitor has sent in more  ways
to remember some of more confusing words in the English language:-

 


WEATHER and WHETHER


 


Heather
likes the weather hot

(
and if there is confusion about the
spelling of
heather,
it grows on a
heath
).

 


Whether
it is here or whether it is there, whether is not
quite
 where
nor there



PLACE WORDS
  

Place words are always “here”
 

Here
(in this place)

 

There
(in that place)

 

Where
(in which place)

 

Nowhere
(in no place)

 

Elsewhere
(in another place)

 

Somewhere
(in some place)

  


Their
(it belongs to them)

 

Heir (it will, eventually, belong
to them…)
 

if there is no
heir
, it is not theirs.

  


They’re
= “they are“.  The
apos
trophe replaces the missing letter or
letters, as in don’t, can’t, shan’t.   This is the only
meaning of they’re.


THAN OR THEN

THAN is used as a comparison   
e.g. is my book better THAN yours?

THEN is used for time                   
e.g. read this book first then answer the questions.

THEN = THE NEXT

Alex K


Hearyou use your
EARs to hEAR

On a journey we go HERE and
tHERE

Lucy Stevens


LOSE or
LOOSE

LOSE is to misplace

LOOSE – not tight

LOSE AN
‘O’

Alex K


MEET or
MEAT

MEET = socialise

MEAT = food

EAT in MEAT

Alex K


DEFINITELY

Smile polITELY and write
definITELY.

Alex K

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TOO  –  TWO  –  TO

Too has too MANY o’s and this sentence does too. 

This includes both contexts of
too
and aids spelling too.  It is
important to stress the word many to avoid confusion with the number.

  

Q. What is the owl’s telephone number? 
 

A. Two eight – two eight – “two“.
  

To remember the major uses of  to,
remember go to and to go
(or to do).  Remember that to matches the
spelling of go and do.



 

Commonly miswritten letters   


b and d
 

Write the word
b e
d
in lower case to remember which way round the

b
and the

d

go.  


It should look like a bed.

The headboard and footboard should
be at the end, not in the middle.

 

S Write
the word
So. 
 

Picture it as a snake about to
eat an egg. 

If the s is back to front, the egg
will be about to slurp up the snake!


 

My daughter uses the following for
spelling
NECESSARY.
  

Never
Eat Chips
E
at
Salad Sandwiches
A
nd
Raspberry Yoghurt.
  


Unlike the variants on your web site, this carries a very sensible health
message that does not breach trade description legislation! 

  


A way to remember how to spell DIFFICULTY sent in by
Fiona Flynn

Mrs D,
Mrs I, Mrs
FFI
, Mrs C, Mrs
U
, Mrs LTY


 

Shelagh Spurway has sent in the following
mnemonic to remember the spelling of the word ANSWER

A Negative
S
core Will
Equal Relegation”. 

..for those footie fans this should be an easy one to remember.


 

An easy way to remember which are STALAGMITES and which are
STALACTITES 

 

StalaGmites – are in the
ground

StalaCtites – are from the
ceiling

 

Finally, a slightly risqué
method of remembering the difference.

 

Gee,
the mites fly up and see
the tights fall down! 

  

Think of ants in your
pants: The mites go up and the tights come down.

Chris Roerden

(I would point out to non-English
English speakers that tights are pantyhose).

 


Other useful information of a similar nature can be found
here
and here.

Mnemonics and
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