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Bare or Bear: Which Word Do You Want to Use?

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 6:00 am

Bare and bear are two commonly confused words. They sound the same and their spellings differ only by transposed letters, but they have different definitions so it's easy to use one when you might mean the other. Today we'll look at the distinctions between bare and bear and how you can use the words correctly. …

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Than vs. Then: Your Grammar Edge

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

Than and then look and sound alike, and both are used in casual conversation all the time. Because of their similarity, they can sometimes be tricky to keep straight, especially in writing. In today's post we'll review the differences between than and then so you know how to use both correctly within your communications. The …

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Dreamed or Dreamt: Which Is the Better Word Choice?

Posted on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 6:00 am

Suppose you wake with the strange sensation that you have just been in a desert made of brown sugar in a room where it was raining toasted marshmallows. Was all that sugar something you had dreamed, or had you dreamt of something sweet? If you're someone who focuses on improving your mastery of American English …

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Already vs. All Ready: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 am

Do you ever have a hard time separating the one-word already from the phrase all ready? These words sound the same when spoken aloud unless you conscientiously emphasize the pause between them. Given that, it's easy to see why people might confuse them. In today's post we'll look at the differences so you can use …

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Prophecy or Prophesy: Which Spelling Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 6:00 am

Imagine that a higher cosmic power decided to speak with you directly. Overnight you might become a prophet. But did you receive a prophecy or a prophesy? Will you prophesy or prophecy to other people? If you're looking answers you're in the right place. Today we will review the proper use of each word. The …

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Tenant vs. Tenet: Can You Tell Them Apart?

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 6:00 am

Two words might sound the same in American English, but when they appear in writing, we see that they have different spellings and mean different things. Such is the case with tenant and tenet, two words that reach the ear similarly sometimes but have no relation. We will spell out their differences, starting with the …

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Palette, Palate, or Pallet: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 6:00 am

We may often find ourselves distinguishing between two words that sound the same but have different meanings. In today’s post, we have a threesome of such words. That’s because palette, palate, and pallet are all said the same way, but each has a unique meaning and spelling. To help you tell them apart, let’s begin …

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Patients or Patience: Which Word Do You Need?

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 6:00 am

There are a lot of similar and confusing words in the English language, and you’ll often find patients and patience among them. In this post, we will look at the difference between the two. Patient and Patients These words create a challenge because patients and patience are homophones. That means they sound the same when …

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A Lot vs. Alot vs. Allot: Which Is Correct?

Posted on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

A lot, alot, and allot: These words are all used often in writing. Some people also consider them to be either interchangeable or the same word with different spellings. In truth, a lot, alot, and allot are not the same. Two of them have separate meanings, and one isn’t even a word at all. For …

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Flier or Flyer: Which Word Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 6:00 am

You're walking down the street. Someone hands you a piece of paper explaining a community effort. Did that person just give you a flyer, a flier, or something else? Let's answer that. Flyer vs. Flier as a Word Choice In the U.S., a promotional piece of paper using words and pictures to deliver a message …

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