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Category: Spelling

Overnight vs. Over Night: Which Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2023, at 6:00 am

You have a big test coming up, so you spend long evening hours guzzling power drinks and preparing. You later find yourself continuing well into the morning hours. Would you then say that you are studying overnight or over night? Overnight vs. Over Night Let's start by clearing up any confusion: overnight is the correct …

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Setup vs. Set Up: Which One Do You Need?

Posted on Monday, March 6, 2023, at 6:00 am

Should you write setup or set up? Which one is correct? We will look at the difference between the expressions so that you will be set up for success with them in your writing. The Difference Between Setup and Set Up Setup and set up are obviously alike, and both can be correct in certain …

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Ya’ll vs. Y’all: Is Either Expression Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 6:00 am

As we're wont to note on our website, the English language—and American English in particular—is a living, breathing entity. It changes and grows with the times and occasionally across regions as well. It's no surprise, then, that we sometimes get questions about newer words and regional spellings. Today we'll discuss whether the dialectical ya'll or …

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Yours vs. Your’s: Which One Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 am

You may have seen both yours and your's written before, particularly if you read blogs and social media. (Both forms can appear often in text messages too.) How do you know which word treatment is correct? Let's get to the bottom of that—along with the reason why so much confusion surrounds this topic. Yours vs. …

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Your vs. You’re: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2023, at 6:00 am

Two of the most commonly confused and misused words in American English are your and you're. Do you know the difference between them? If not, you'll appreciate this review. We're going to discuss the definition of each word as well as its proper usage. Let's jump in! Your vs. You're: The Basics We'll start by …

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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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