Sometimes, the English language can throw rules around seemingly randomly, and it’s up to you to try and figure them out as you go. The word “grateful” seems to be one of those words that follow a rule unique to itself, and we thought we’d touch on it to help you out and make sure you don’t spell it wrong next time you use it.
Is It Greatful Or Grateful?
The correct spelling is “grateful” and should be the only variation used. “Greatful” is an incorrect spelling. It’s a common misconception because when you say that something is “great,” it’s spelled that way. However, when you add the “-ful” to the end of the word, the spelling must change to hold meaning still.
“Grateful” means to show appreciation or happiness about an act or event that’s happened. It stems from the word “gratitude” and is the reason the word starts with “grate” rather than “great.” Although “great” often means good or well done, it isn’t the root word that leads to the creation of “grateful.” That’s why so many people get confused about the spelling.
Examples Of Greatful And Grateful
So, let’s look at a couple of examples of sentences that use both words. We’ll highlight which ones are correct with the usage of “grateful” and which ones are incorrect with “greatful.” We recommend you play along at first and don’t look at which one is correct and incorrect. See if you can work out for yourself which sentence should be the right one based on what we’ve told you about the spelling previously.
Correct: I’d be grateful if you could do this for me.
Incorrect:I’m really greatful for what you’ve done for me.
Correct:We should all be grateful for the amazing teaching we received at this school.
Incorrect:Our boss was incredibly greatful when he handed in the project.
Correct:The church is grateful for your generosity.
Incorrect:Please be greatful for what you’ve already got.
Is It Ever Correct To Use Greatful?
“Greatful” is an incorrect spelling and a misinterpretation of the word “grateful” and is never correct. There is no meaning that comes with the word because it doesn’t exist in the English language. Most people’s difficulty with the word is that it is a positive word that expresses gratitude or joy. The word “great” seems to follow the same lines and meanings in English yet has nothing to do with the longer word “grateful.”
It’s because of this reason that many people still struggle with spelling. Usually, you’ll be able to add the suffix “-ful” to the end of a word to show that something is full of something. So, if you’re “full of great” (or full of happiness in this sense), then most people confusedly think “greatful” should be the correct spelling. This is a common misconception and should be avoided.
How To Remember If The Correct Spelling Is Grateful Or Greatful
So, when it comes to remembering the correct spelling of the word “grateful,” how do you go about it? There’s a fun little tip that you can use that might help you out here. “You should be grateful for sewer grates” is a popular saying for a lot of people. If you’re struggling with the spelling, remember that “grateful” starts with the word “grate,” which comes from sewer grates. It also helps that sewer grates keep the streets from flooding, so we really should be grateful for them.
As fun as that tip is, though, it’s still a bit of a stretch. The other tip that we find works for people is that the root word comes from “gratitude.” Since you’re showing gratitude for something when you’re “grateful,” it may help to remember that you keep the same first four letters for both words.
Alternatives To “Grateful”
We usually like to finish with some alternatives to the words that might help you out if you’re still struggling with the spelling. Rather than worrying about whether you have it spelled right or not, you can instead swap the word out for something else and avoid the spelling entirely.
You can’t really spell “thank” wrong, after all!
More difficult to spell, but it can’t be mistaken for any other words.
A more formal way to show appreciation for something.