Slay and sleigh: easy ways to remember the difference
SLAY and SLEIGH: which is which? Learn the difference between these easy to confuse words.
SLAY and SLEIGH are less common than many of the #confusable words described here, but are still worth covering. The fact that the two words are homophones – meaning they sound the same – means they can be mixed up.
Let’s look at the difference between SLAY and SLEIGH.
When to use slay
SLAY is a verb with two meanings.
It can mean to brutally kill, like this:
“Saint George set out to slay the dragon.”
It can also mean to amuse someone greatly, like this:
“You slay me!”
When to use sleigh
SLEIGH is a noun, meaning an old-fashioned sledge, often pulled by reindeer.
To help you remember which spelling you need, remember that both sleigh and reindeer contain ei.
“Santa’s sleigh is pulled by reindeer.”
I hope this helps you to remember the difference between slay and sleigh. Feel free to share your tips if you’ve a different way to remember the difference.
There’ll vs they’ll: simple tips to help you remember
THERE’LL vs THEY’LL: which is which? Learn the difference
THERE’LL and THEY’LL are often confused but remembering the difference is easy when you know how. These simple tips will help you decide which word you need.
When to use there’ll
THERE’LL is a contraction of the words there + will = THERE’LL
The apostrophe in the word there’ll shows that there are letters missing – in this case, w and i.
Here are a couple of examples of the word there’ll used in a sentence:
“There’ll be trouble!” = “There will be trouble!”
“There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover” = “There will be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover”
When to use they’ll
THEY’LL is a contraction of the words they + will = they’ll.
It is the short version of:
Here’s how they’ll is used in a sentence:
“They’ll be late!” = “They will be late!”
“They’ll need a lie-in after their late night” = “They’ll need a lie-in after their late night”
In a nutshell, to remember the difference between there’ll and they’ll, start by writing the contraction in full, to see if you mean there or they.
Bear vs bare: spelling tips to help you learn the difference
The words BEAR and BARE are easy to confuse – particularly when you’re using the expression bear with me, when there’s a world of a difference in meaning! This is one you really don’t want to get wrong!
Here are my simple tips to remember the difference between BEAR and BARE.
When to use bear
BEAR can be a noun or a verb.
As a verb, it means to carry or endure. You can use it in a sentence like this:
“Please bear with me for a moment.”
As a noun, bear is a large animal.
“Winnie-the-Pooh is a famous bear.”
When to use bare
BARE can be a verb or an adjective.
As a verb, bare means to expose, like this:
“I will bare my soul and be completely honest.”
As an adjective, bare means exposed, like this:
“The gorilla beat his bare chest.”
Now you know the difference between bear and bare you can see that the phrases “bear with me” (please be patient) and “bare with me” (let’s get naked) should never be mixed up! I hope these tips help you to remember the difference between these commonly confused spellings in the future.
Etymology vs entomology: do you know the difference?
ETYMOLOGY vs ENTOMOLOGY: simple tips to remember the difference between these similar-sounding words.
When to use etymology
ETYMOLOGY is the study of the origins of words.
Here’s an example of the word etymology in a sentence:
“Jack had always been fascinated by the history of words. He loved etymology.”
When to use entomology
ENTOMOLOGY is the study of insects.
To help you remember the difference between these similar-sounding words, ou might find it helpful to think of an insect nibbling away at a tomato plant: tomato = entomology.
Alternatively, an ant is an insect, and entomology has a similar beginning.
Here’s an example of the word entomology in a sentence:
“I decided to study entomology after enjoying A-level biology.”
The suffix –logy means ‘the study of’. So, any time you see a word ending in this way, you’ll know it relates to the study of something.
Too vs to vs two: simple tips to help you remember
TOO vs TO vs TWO – simple tips to remember the difference
TOO, TO and TWO are easy to confuse. They may sound the same but they have different uses. These simple tips will help you decide which word you need.
When to use too
TOO is an adverb meaning as well or excessively.
“I’m going to the park too.”
“I can’t go because it’s too far.”
To help you remember which spelling you need, think O + O = as + well
Two Ss in exceSSive and two Os in too
When to use to
To is a useful preposition that has several meanings. It’s also the most common of the three spellings.
It can be used to indicate a direction, goal, place of arrival or a period of time.
“I’m going to the shop.”
“The shop is open from 7am to 9pm.”
To can also be used to show the infinitive form of a verb, like this:
“I’m going to buy a newspaper” = to buy
“She needs to leave soon” = to leave
When to use two
Though it’s far less likely to be confused with to and too, the spelling two is the easy one to remember, as it’s only ever the number 2 spelled out.
“The park is two miles away.”
“Just the two of us.”
I hope these tips help you remember the difference between too, to and two. Feel free to share your tips if you have a different way of remembering.