Ways to remember those
In the English language there are several words which
are so similar it can be difficult to remember which one you use or even how to spell
them. Each person will, of course, experience problems with different words.
Here are a few mnemonics, shortcuts
and phrases I have come across, but I am sure you will have some of your own, so
please let us know. Send them into us at email@example.com
so we can add them to this page and help others -
Meggan & Justin
If you "fri"
your friend he'll come to an "end".
Friends end in end.
Friday is the
end of the school week.
..for those footie fans this should be an easy one to remember.
SIGN IF I CAN'T
CH on the
right CH on the left and
(you are) U R in the middle.
Maxine Dorot has kindly shared the
following tricks with us:-
People frequently spell "cemetery"
with an 'a', in order to spell it correctly, simply remember that late at night all the
ghosts come and and go "eeeeeeeee"!
Can't remember how many s's there are in the word "dessert" (pudding), well just think, when you eat
dessert you always want "one more".
Darcy has sent in the
following comments -
Remembering the difference on
how to spell dessert and desert. One usually wants seconds of dessert so
there are 2 s's. One usually wants less desert (I know I do, I live in
one) so there is only one s.
In the U.S. (and sometimes in the U.K.) the headmaster is called the
Principal. To remind you that the
ending of this word is 'p-a-l' and not 'p-l-e' remember he/she is your 'pal'.
The word principle means a
personal code of conduct or fundamental truth.
I have a feeling the
children are going to remember this one although I appreciate it could be
somewhat distasteful to some (sorry)
Nikki Chaplin has sent in the following
two tips used by her children -
To remind children that a Q
is followed by the letter U - the Queen always carries an Umbrella.
To distinguish between PRACTISE
(verb) and PRACTICE (noun) think of ADVISE and ADVICE.
To ADVISE is the verb so PRACTISE
is the verb.
To distinguish PRACTICE
(noun) from PRACTISE (verb) and
from ADVISE (verb),
just remember that ICE
is a noun and IS is a verb.
- verb, spelt with an s, S for sports.
- I went to the doctor’s practice and he put ice on my leg.
Ice is in
meaning paper and Envelopes
meaning "not moving"
This can be remembered if you think of "E" stands for
Envelopes, therefore, Stationery with an "e" is paper etc. and a CAR not moving, therefore, the word meaning
"still" ends in ARY.
- StAnd still
- PEns, PEncils
Other examples can be see here
and here, if that is not enough you will find more on this
page and several other pages on the site - why not check out the Library
Index to see what else you can find!
Mnemonics, Palindromes and
word related items of interest
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