5 (More) Common Spelling Mistakes To Avoid


Last week, we discussed FIVE common spelling mistakes that you should avoid.

Well, today, I have FIVE (more) for you! I believe this post will be SUPER helpful for you.

We'll discuss differences between then/than, to/too/two, and MORE!

I know you'll find it super helpful!

Let's go!

5 (MORE) COMMON SPELLING MISTAKES TO AVOID

Let's hop right into this "mini-lesson"! We'll use the same pattern as last week's post!

Here are FIVE more common spelling mistakes you should avoid!

Here vs. hear

I haven't seen this one as often as the other four in this post, but it's still an important one to get right!

Here: "in, at, or to this place or position."

Hear: "perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something)."

Sample sentence: "I can't hear you unless you get over here!"

Definitely vs. defiantly

I see this one a lot, actually. Many people use "defiantly" when they really mean "definitely"!

So what's the difference?

Definitely: "without doubt (used for emphasis)." Notice the word "definite" in there?

Defiantly: "in a manner that shows open resistance or bold disobedience." Notice the word "defiant" in there?

"Defiantly" isn't pronounced "DEF-ee-uhnt-lee," but "def-EYE-ehnt-lee."

You almost always want "definitely," unless you're talking about a defiant (resistant) person or thing.

Sample sentence: "Those kids are definitely defying their teachers defiantly." (Get the point? ;) )

To vs. too vs. two

Okay, this one I get pretty passionate about! Often people only mix up to vs. too, but "two" has the same sound, so I'll throw that in there as well!

To: "expressing motion in the direction of (a particular location)."

Too: 1) "to a higher degree than is desirable, permissible, or possible; excessively." 2) "in addition; also."

Two: "equivalent to the sum of one and one; one less than three; 2."

You want to use the word to when talking about direction. (She went to the store.)

Use too when talking about something that is more excessive. (She went to the store too often.)

Also, use too when wanting to say "also." (He wanted to come too/also.)

You guys know about the number two, so I won't even bother. ;)

Then vs. than

Here's another common error that I need to address! You'll be grateful to know the difference between them!

Then: "at that time; at the time in question."

Than: "introducing the second element in a comparison."

Here are two sentences to help you see the differences between the two words: "If I can't watch a movie, then I want to play a game. Playing games is much better than watching movies."

Use then when you want to talk about time or what happens next.

Use than when you want to use a comparison. (Games are better than movies.)

Cite vs. site

Here's a tricky one that makes sense once you see what each word means!

Cite (a verb): "quote (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work."

Site (a noun): "an area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed."

A citation (quotation) has the word cite in it. When you cite something, you're saying that this is what someone else said, or quoted.

A site is a place—or a website.

Here's a sample sentence: "Especially when it comes to being writers, we have to be careful to cite things from websites."


There you go! Five (more) common spelling mistakes to avoid!

Here's a quick recap:

  1. Here/Hear
  2. Definitely/Defiantly
  3. To/Too/Two
  4. Then/Than
  5. Cite/Site
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2 comments:

  1. I see these mistakes all the time. XD I've really loved this grammar series--You've done a great job explaining everything! :D

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    1. Thanks so much, Bella! I've had a lot of fun writing them. :D

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