We say "OW!" if we sit on a tack. So tacks are not allowed where we sit.
be and bee
The insect, bee, usually travels in groups. You see two or more bees together. Use two e's in the word for the insect.
Use one e in the other spelling of be.
behavior and behaviour
Behaviour has a u in the United Kingdom.
Behavior does not have a u in America. Don't think of USA because this makes the memory cue ambigious (unclear).
I believe that it is wrong to lie. Believe has lie in it.
blue and blew
Blew (past tense of blow) has w. The wind blows. Blew, blow, and wind have w. The color, blue, doesn't have a w.
color and colour
Color does not have a u in America.
Colour in the UK. United Kingdom has a u in the word, colour. Avoid refering to America as the USA because UK and USA have u's in them.
complement and compliment
Complement (meaning to complete) begins like the word, complete.
Compliment (meaning to say something nice) has an i in it and nice has an i in it.
do and does
Does has the word, do, in it. Spell the word, do, then add es.
desert and dessert
A desert is a dry sandy region.
A dessert something you eat after a meal. Dessert has the double s. We often want a double helping of dessert. Extra desserts can cause extra pounds. Desserts is stressed spelled backward!
Ma is mad that we made a mess!
A maid will aid you in cleaning up the mess.
meat and meet
Meat has the word, eat, in it. We eat meat.
Meet is in the word, meeting. We use our feet to walk to a meeting where we meet.
no and know
No is short like: "Just give me a short answer. Just say yes or no."
Know is long like a long answer that gives a lot of knowledge. Know is in the word, knowledge.
not and knot
Not (like "is not") doesn't have the letter k.
A knot tied in a string looks like a K.
pen and pin
Pen - You write with a pen which begins like the word, pencil.
Pen - You enclose an animal in a pen. Think of the letter, e, for enclosure. The letter e looks like an enclosure.
Pin - You pin something with a pin which has an i. The letter, i, is shaped like the pointed part of the kind of pin you put on clothes.
principle and principal
A principle is a rule. Rule and principle end in le.
The principal at your school can be your pal. Pal is in this spelling of the word. Of course, if you choose to misbehave, you might not like the kind of educational help which your pal gives you.
Right (correct) has g in it. Think of gee I got it right.
Right (direction): gee is also a word to tell horses, mules, and oxen to turn right. (Haw means left.)
Write (to mark with letters, words, or numbers) does not have g in it.
saw and was
Saw is in the word, see-saw.
Was is in the word, wasp.
sea and see
Sea and water have a in them.
We see with our eyes. See and eyes have two e's.
sight and site
Glasses help sight (eyesight). They don't help a web site.
stationary and stationery
Something that is stationary stays in one place. Stationary, stays, and place have a's.
We write a letter on stationery. Stationery and letter have e's in them.
Ate is in the word, strategy. The two words aren't related but this does help us put the a and the e in the right places.
there, their, they're
There (a place which is not close to me) has here in it.
Their has the word, heir, in it. An Heir inherits things which become their possessions.
They're is a contraction for the two words, they are.
Think about what you are saying. Do you mean, they are?
to, too, two
To rhymes with do.
Too: think of the Letter O asking, "Can I do it too (also)?" Use another o for too (also). Two is very different from to and too. Two is for a number. Numbers are very different from letters. So two is the most different of these words.
Think of this as separate words and syllables: Wed nes day.
wear, where, were, we're
Wear has ear in it. You can wear something over your ears
to keep them warm.
Here, there, where, and were end with ere.
See here and there on this list.)
Think of the sentences: "You werewhere? We werehere and there."
We're is a contraction for the two words, we are. Think about what you are saying. Do you mean, we are?