Common Spelling Mistakes and How to Remember Them

Maybe it’s just me but I feel like spelling mistakes are becoming more and more frequent and as a result, more and more annoying. Here’s some that really get on my nerves.


Definitely and defiantly are two different words. Definitely is doing something for definite. Defiantly is being bold and disobedient.

There, their and they’re. I can’t believe people still get this wrong. I learnt this is Primary School. ‘Look over there.’ ‘That is their pencil.’ ‘They’re being mean.’ This last one is short for they are. That’s not even the same word.

Bare means naked, but to bear is to carry something. A bear is also a brown furry animal, but most people keep that one straight. If you can’t bear to remember it all, just imagine a lumbering grizzly carrying a heavy load, and you’ll bear this knowledge with glee!

Tomorrow. One ‘m’, two ‘r’s. Because you’re doing it on the morrow.

Necessary. I have a good pneumonic for you. Never eat cake, eat salmon sandwiches and remain young.

Lose and loose. ‘I’m scared I’ll lose the race.’ ‘My trainers are tied too loose.’

Your and you’re. Much like there, their and they’re, I don’t know how people get this wrong. They’re completely different words. ‘Is that your handbag?’ ‘You’re so thoughtful.’  You’re is an ellipsis of you are. Get it right.

It’s and its. It’s is another contractions. It’s is only used for it is. Its is possessive. ‘The dog loves its toy.’

To, two and too. ‘Let’s go to the park.’ ‘What about you two?’ ‘Yes, we’ll come too.’ Too means as well and two is a number.

Weather and whether. ‘Is the weather supposed to rain or shine?’ ‘I don’t know whether or not to go for a bike ride.’

I think I could actually go on forever so I’ll call it a night. Sorry for the rant. Over and out –


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