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Rarley vs. Rarely: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on March 12, 2024
"Rarley" is a common misspelling. The correct spelling is "Rarely," indicating an infrequent occurrence or seldom event.

Which is correct: Rarley or Rarely

How to spell Rarely?

Rarley is Incorrect

Rarely is Correct


Key Differences

Just as "often" ends in "en", "rarely" ends in "ly."
Think of the word "rare" + ly = "rarely."
Remember, "I rarely make spelling mistakes" to reinforce the correct spelling.
Associate with the phrase, "diamonds are rare; they're found rarely."
It's "rare" to find a "ley" in spelling, so use "ly" instead.

Correct usage of Rarely

This type of bird is rarley seen in this region.
This type of bird is rarely seen in this region.
They rarley argue, maintaining a peaceful relationship.
They rarely argue, maintaining a peaceful relationship.
She rarley goes out on weekdays.
She rarely goes out on weekdays.
I rarley have time to read books during the semester.
I rarely have time to read books during the semester.
He rarley eats sweets because of his diet.
He rarely eats sweets because of his diet.

Rarely Definitions

"Rarely" denotes a lack of regularity.
She visits her hometown rarely.
"Rarely" means not often or seldom.
She rarely eats sweets.
"Rarely" suggests an exceptional case.
He rarely breaks a promise.
"Rarely" indicates a low frequency of an event.
It rarely rains in the desert.
"Rarely" can be used to stress the unusual nature of an occurrence.
Rarely have we seen such dedication.
Not often; infrequently
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple" (Oscar Wilde).
In an unusual degree; exceptionally
"a rarely good judge of the best in modern literature" (Frank Harris).
With uncommon excellence
"You can write rarely now, after all your schooling" (George Eliot).
Not occurring at a regular interval; seldom; not often.
We rarely go to the theatre.
Rarely do you ever find an eagle this far up the river.
Unusually well; excellently.
To a rare degree; very.
In a rare manner or degree; seldom; not often; as, things rarely seen.
Finely; excellently; with rare skill. See 3d Rare, 2.
The person who played so rarely on the flageolet.
The rest of the apartments are rarely gilded.
Not often;
We rarely met

Rarely Sentences

I rarely see her at the gym anymore.
She rarely misses a day of school.
He rarely watches television, preferring to read instead.
It rarely rains in the desert.
Rarely do we see such a brilliant display of talent.
They rarely disagreed on anything, making decisions easy.
I'm rarely surprised by movie endings, but that one was unexpected.
They rarely visit the city, enjoying the quiet of the countryside more.
The museum rarely loans out its most valuable pieces.
You'll rarely find him at home on weekends; he's always out hiking or biking.
Rarely have I encountered such a challenging puzzle.
The library is rarely quiet, bustling with students studying.
We rarely have the chance to relax like this, so let's enjoy it.
She speaks so rarely that when she does, everyone listens.
She rarely uses her phone during dinner, setting it aside to talk.
The bus is rarely on time during winter storms.
They rarely travel abroad, preferring local adventures.
I rarely indulge in sweets, but I can't resist chocolate cake.
It rarely feels like work when you love what you do.
He's so focused on his research that he rarely notices the time.
He rarely admits he's wrong, so today was a surprise.
Rarely do they offer discounts, but when they do, they're significant.
The flowers bloom so rarely that they're a spectacle when they do.

Rarely Idioms & Phrases

Rarely heard

Not often heard or mentioned.
This composer's works are rarely heard in concert halls, making tonight's performance special.

To come by rarely

To not occur often or to be difficult to find.
Honesty like his is hard to come by these days and comes by rarely.

Rarely touched

Not often used or handled.
The piano in the corner of the room was rarely touched.

Rarely seen

Not often visible or observed.
The snow leopard is rarely seen in the wild due to its elusive nature.

Rarely if ever

Almost never; used to describe something that happens very seldom.
He rarely if ever misses a day of work.

As rarely as

Used to compare the frequency of two rare events.
As rarely as a blue moon, we get to see all our family members together.

To be rarely matched

To be uncommonly equaled in quality or characteristic.
Her dedication to the cause is rarely matched.

Rarely a day goes by

Used to emphasize that something happens almost every day.
Rarely a day goes by that she doesn't think about her vacation in Italy.

Rarely spoken

Not often spoken or communicated.
The dialect is so rare that it's rarely spoken even within its native region.

Rarely at rest

Almost always active; seldom idle.
His mind was rarely at rest, always pondering new ideas.

Rarely spoken of

Not often talked about or discussed.
The incident was so embarrassing that it's rarely spoken of.

Rarely on the agenda

Not often considered or planned for discussion.
Environmental concerns are rarely on the agenda for the town's meetings.

To be seen rarely together

To seldom appear in the company of each other.
The two celebrities are seen rarely together, sparking rumors.

Rarely crossed paths

Seldom encounter or meet.
Though they lived in the same city, they rarely crossed paths.

To find oneself rarely

To seldom be in a certain situation or condition.
She finds herself rarely at a loss for words, but this time she was speechless.

Rarely seen or heard

A phrase emphasizing both the visual and auditory rarity of something.
Such talent is rarely seen or heard in this generation.

Rarely acknowledged

Seldom recognized or admitted.
The contributions of many workers are rarely acknowledged.

Rarely a moment's peace

Hardly any time without disturbance or activity.
With three young children, there's rarely a moment's peace in the house.

Rarely without

Almost always with or accompanied by.
He's rarely without a book in his hand.

To step foot rarely

To seldom visit or enter a place.
She steps foot rarely in her old neighborhood these days.


What is the root word of Rarely?

The root word is "rare."

Which vowel is used before Rarely?

No specific vowel consistently precedes "rarely," but "a" can, as in "a rarely seen bird."

What is the singular form of Rarely?

"Rarely" is an adverb and doesn't have singular or plural forms.

Which preposition is used with Rarely?

"Rarely" can be used with various prepositions depending on the context, like "rarely without" or "rarely in."

Which conjunction is used with Rarely?

Standard conjunctions like "and" or "but" can be used with "Rarely."

Why is it called Rarely?

It is called "Rarely" because it's derived from the adjective "rare" meaning infrequent or not common, with the adverbial suffix "-ly."

What is the plural form of Rarely?

"Rarely" does not have a plural form.

What is the pronunciation of Rarely?

Rarely is pronounced as /ˈrɛərli/.

Which article is used with Rarely?

No specific article is consistently used before "rarely."

Is Rarely an adverb?

Yes, "Rarely" is an adverb.

What is the verb form of Rarely?

"Rarely" is an adverb and does not have a verb form.

Is Rarely a noun or adjective?

"Rarely" is neither; it's an adverb.

Is Rarely a countable noun?

No, "Rarely" is not a noun.

Is the Rarely term a metaphor?

No, but it can be used in metaphorical contexts.

Is the word Rarely imperative?

No, "Rarely" is not imperative.

What is a stressed syllable in Rarely?

The first syllable, "Rare," is stressed.

What part of speech is Rarely?

"Rarely" is an adverb.

What is another term for Rarely?

Another term for "Rarely" could be "infrequently."

What is the opposite of Rarely?

The opposite of "Rarely" might be "often" or "frequently."

Which determiner is used with Rarely?

Determiners like "this" or "that" can be used, as in "this rarely happens."

Is Rarely a negative or positive word?

"Rarely" is neutral; its positivity or negativity depends on context.

What is the first form of Rarely?

"Rarely" does not have verb forms.

Is Rarely an abstract noun?

No, "Rarely" is not an abstract noun.

Is Rarely a collective noun?

No, "Rarely" is not a collective noun.

How do we divide Rarely into syllables?


What is the second form of Rarely?

"Rarely" does not have verb forms.

Is Rarely a vowel or consonant?

"Rarely" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.

What is the third form of Rarely?

"Rarely" does not have verb forms.

How is Rarely used in a sentence?

E.g., "He rarely goes to the gym during weekdays."

How many syllables are in Rarely?

"Rarely" has two syllables.
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