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Definitely? or Definately? ~ 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

This is a mistake that is soooooo easy to avoid! Just pay attention to the little squiggles under words that indicate problems.

Here’s you weekly 5 minutes grammar lesson.

Definitely? or Definately? - 5 minutes weekly grammar lesson

Definitely. D E F I N I T E L Y?! Yes, definitely.

Not Definantly.

Not Definitly.

Not Defiantly. {Though that word is spelled correctly, but it does NOT mean the same thing.}

Not Definently.

There’s even an entire website devoted just to the proper spelling of this word! Check it out here. It made me giggle.

If you have a hard time remembering this, the trick is to think about the word FINITE which is in the middle of DEFINITELY.


  1. Hahah LOVED this lesson; I had to learn the hard way...BUT I learned...lol.. and also learned to use a different word if I'm not sure.. I send an e-mail to an attorney (work related, but he is a friend, so it was a lesson learned without getting too red..lol.. BUT in any event I turned red)... meaning to say "Definitely" and I said "Defiantly" ... OOOPPSS.. Guess who will NOT make that mistake again...lol...
  2. I thought you would like to know you misspelled the word "definitely" as "definately" on your website. Silly mistakes are a pet peeve of mine and they can ruin your website credibility. In the past I've used a tool like spellscanner.com to keep mistake off my website. -Scott Matthews Sr

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