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Theatre vs. Theater: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 6:00 am

Suppose you have a date coming up and want to take your partner to a place where live actors will perform in a play. If you are writing your note in American English, should you invite that person to the theatre or the theater? We'll give you a quick answer to the theatre vs. theater …

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Check in or Check-in: Which Version Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you need to speak with a boarding agent about your flight. Or perhaps you're interested in an associate's progress on a project, or you just want to see how a friend's day is coming along. Any of these inquiries might be described as “checking in.” It's an easy concept to understand and to …

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Elfs or Elves: Which Word Is the Correct One?

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2022, at 6:00 am

Imagine you're taking a walk through the forest. From the corner of your eye, you spot a quick movement followed by a mischievous giggle. Moments later you see through the brush a small, childlike creature sitting and smiling. You have discovered an elf! Just as you are thinking how you will explain this sighting to …

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What Is the Plural of Fish?

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 6:00 am

There might be plenty of fish in the sea, but that doesn't mean they are all easy to describe. If we're trying to describe more than one, a common question in English can be what is the plural of fish? You may have been taught that it's simply fish or maybe fishes. Both sound like …

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Liter or Litre? Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you want to buy some gasoline or maybe a bottle of water. And as it turns out, you're also partial to the metric system. Should you consider your purchase in measurements of litres or liters? Which spelling is the correct one? Let's answer that. What Are Litres and Liters? We can begin by …

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Is It Lifes or Lives? Which Word Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 6:00 am

Many modern-day philosophers (along with thousands of social media influencers) will tell you to enjoy each day because you only live once. But what would happen, grammatically speaking, if you could have more than one life? How would you spell the plural of life correctly? In other words, is it correct to write lifes or …

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Freshman or Freshmen: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 6:00 am

What do you call someone who has just entered their first year of high school or college? It's easy to confuse the words freshman and freshmen. They are spelled almost identically, and it's easy to miss the difference sometimes when we hear them spoken aloud. So how can we tell freshman and freshmen apart? Let's …

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Gage vs. Gauge: Is There a Difference?

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2022, at 6:00 am

Do you know the difference between the words gauge and gage? Is there a difference at all? Is one just a misspelling of the other? If you've ever wondered, this discussion will help to clear things up. The Meaning of Gauge To establish the difference between gage and gauge, we should note that, at least …

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Everything or Every Thing: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 6:00 am

If you've been scouring the internet to find the meaning of everything (the word, not life in general), this might be the post you've been searching for. That's because everything co-exists with every thing, and as a precise and eloquent writer, you want to know the difference. Do the two versions have separate meanings, and …

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What Is a Homophone? (Examples and Usage)

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 am

There's a chance that at some point in your communication in English, you've read or written a word that sounds like the right one when spoken but is misspelled in print. One such example is the use of "you're" when the context means "your" (or vice versa). This common tendency is the result of what …

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