Previously, we did a post on five helpful spelling mnemonics (i.e., memory aids). But we have more helpful tips to share! As such, we\u2019ve come up with this list of five more tricks you can use to avoid spelling errors in your writing.\n\n1. "Necessary" Has One Collar and Two Sleeves\n"Necessary" is an adjective meaning "essential" or "unavoidable":\nEgg whites are necessary for making meringues.\nMost people see taxes as a necessary evil.\nAs you can see here, this word has one "c" and a double "s." If you struggle to remember this, though, the following mnemonic should help:\nLike a shirt, "necessary" has one collar and two sleeves.\nOr, if you prefer, you could think about one coffee, two sugars!\n\n2. "Accommodate" Has Room for Two Cs and Ms\n"Accommodate" means "provide a space to live or store something." However, the double letters in this word can be confusing, so many people misspell it.\nThe trick to avoiding errors is to remember how long the word is! It has plenty of space for double letters, so keep the following phrase in mind:\n"Accommodate" can accommodate two Cs and two Ms.\nJust remember that there is lots of room to accommodate those double letters. This also applies for related words, such as "accommodation" or "accommodating."\n\n3. Don\u2019t Believe the Lies!\nThe word "believe" is often misspelled as "beleive," with the middle vowels in the wrong order. Luckily, there is a simple phrase to help you avoid this error:\nDon\u2019t believe the lies!\nThe key here is that "believe" contains the word "lie," and a "lie" is something that you might (wrongly) believe! Once you know this, you know to use "-ie-\u201d in this word.\nThis spelling also follows the well-known I before E except after C rule.\n\n4. Here and There\n\n"There" and "their" sound similar, but these words differ in meaning. "There" has several uses, but it often refers to a place, position, or location:\nI last saw the dog over there.\n"Their," on the other hand, is a third-person possessive determiner, so we use it when something belongs to a "them." For example:\nI really like their new house\nTo remember which is which, keep the following in mind:\n\n\n \tThere contains the word here, both of which can refer to a location or position in space (e.g., He\u2019s not over there, he\u2019s over here).\n \tTheir contains the word heir, and you can be heir to someone's possessions, so we can link these words as well (e.g., The heirs show off their possessions).\n\nThese memory aids can help you to avoid mix-ups!\n\n5. Beauty = Big Elephants Are Ugly\nThe word "beauty" \u2013 as well as related words like "beautiful" and "beauteous" \u2013 can be difficult to spell due to the tricky vowel combination near the start. But there is a phrase that can help you avoid errors when using these words:\nBig elephants are ugly.\nThe first letters of these words spell out the first part of "beauty." Of course, if you don't think elephants are ugly, you can always change the "are" to "aren\u2019t"!\n\nTry Proofreading for Free\nWe hope you find these spelling memory aids useful. If you'd like more help making sure your work is error free, you can also try our proofreading services for free.