Incorrect spelling


Incorrect spelling, explanation: words that have the same pronunciation, but a different spelling and meaning are known as homophones. Two popular homophones are bear and bare – as a result, their spelling is sometimes confusing. It also affects the word barely, which is often misspelled as bearly.

Correct spelling


Correct spelling, explanation: the origins of the word barely can be tracked in an Old English word bærlice, which could be translated as clear or public. In the times of Middle English, the meaning of the word has evolved and it had a close meaning to the word exclusively. Today barely is also an adverb, but it has a different meaning than in the past.

Definition of barely:
1. adverb – hardly, a small amount;
He barely studies so I wouldn’t expect that he would pass his final exams.

Phrases and idioms with barely:
Some popular phrases and idioms include:
1. barely hold on – to be very weak;
No wonder he’s barely holding on – he works almost 24/7.
barley make it – to do something just in time, to be almost late;
I overslept and I barely made it to work today.