Thursday, October 19, 2006

Definately or Definitely?

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I've seen this word misspelled so many times lately, so let's get to work. We’ll start with a definition because I think that will help you remember how to spell it:

DEFINITE or DEFINITELY = limits or finite quality. <Merriam-webster online>

The etymology (the history of a word) shows that it comes from the word FINITE, which will also help you remember how to spell it.

Since you know that FINITE is spelled with an I and not an A, you should have no problems remembering, now, that DEFINTELY is definitely not spelled DEFINATELY.

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