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Adrian’s Easy Grammar Tips: Word Mix-Ups – Defiantly v Definitely

Hello and Happy Writerly Wednesday!

Adrian J. Smith is a writer and editor who has a not-so-secret love of grammar. Adrian will be leading daily writing sprints this November for National Novel Writing Month, and is always happy to provide useful ways to understand and remember some of those pesky grammar and writing rules that can trip us up.

Let’s bring on this week’s tip!

Grammar Wednesday: Word Mix-Ups – Defiantly v Definitely

These are two words that I see mixed up on occasion. It might just be typos, but I figured it’d be better to explore than to not. These two have very different meanings.

Defiantly: in a defiant manner

Definitely: in a definite way


Rusty defiantly stood at the window, waiting for the threatening kitten she saw in the glass to arrive again.

Rusty definitely was high on cat nip.

More about Adrian:

Adrian J. Smith has been writing nearly her entire life but publishing since 2013. With a focus on women loving women fiction, AJ jumps genres from action-packed police procedurals to the seedier life of vampires and witches to sweet romances with a May-December twist. She loves writing and reading about women in the midst of the ordinariness of life. Two of her novels, For by Grace and Memoir in the Making, received honorable mentions with the Rainbow Awards.

AJ currently lives in Cheyenne, WY, although she moves often and has lived all over the United States. She loves to travel to different countries and places. She currently plays the roles of author, wife, and mother to two rambunctious toddlers, occasional handy-woman. Connect with her on Facebook or on Twitter.

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