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Collectible or Collectable: A Matter of Noun vs. Adjective

Posted on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 6:00 am

The chances are good that you have seen (and may even own) some collectibles. At the same time, you probably have other things that were collectable. The real question, though, is whether you know the difference between the two words. If not, today's post should be a big help. Collectible vs. Collectable Let's start by …

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Cancelled or Canceled: Which Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 6:00 am

Let's say you notice it's raining so you decide not to visit the beach with your friends. Have you cancelled or canceled your plans? The answer might surprise you. Why Cancelled and Canceled Are Both Technically Correct Although many teachers and editors would prefer cancelled over canceled, the truth is that both are technically correct. …

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Desert vs. Dessert: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6:00 am

Desert and dessert are similar words, so it's no wonder why they're so often mistaken for each other. In today's post we'll discuss the difference, as well as offer a tip you can use to remember which one is which. Before we dive into the definitions, however, let's start by pointing out that both desert …

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Capital vs. Capitol: Which Spelling Do You Need?

Posted on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 6:00 am

What are the differences between the words capital and capitol? What do they mean, and what are the proper spellings? These are common questions that we'll address in today's post. First Things First: Both Capital and Capitol Can Be Grammatically Correct Let's begin by pointing out that capital and capitol are two different words that …

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Is It Supposed to Be or Suppose to Be?

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 6:00 am

This is a common question about American English, even among those who grew up speaking the language. That's because both can appear in print and sound the same when spoken aloud. So, should you say supposed to be or suppose to be? Say What You're Supposed To The short answer is that supposed to be …

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To vs. Too vs. Two: Are You Using Them Correctly?

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2021, at 6:00 am

Are there any three identically pronounced words in the English language that can give people so much trouble? Even those who grew up with these words in school can confuse them. If you doubt this, simply visit your favorite social media site after reading this article. There's a chance you could see incorrect usage, particularly …

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Should You Write Alright or All Right?

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 9:00 am

You might sometimes wonder whether it's all right to use the word alright. As it turns out, there is a mostly right answer to that. The Meaning of All Right and Alright The two-word expression all right is a short way of saying "all is right." That phrase itself is a quicker version of the …

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Catalog or Catalogue: Which Is Correct?

Posted on Friday, March 19, 2021, at 9:00 am

Have you seen the word catalog spelled two ways—with and without a u—and wondered which is correct? Here we'll aim to clarify the distinction by explaining the spelling differences and discussing how to use the word in both of its forms. How Do You Spell It? In the U.S., we typically spell catalog without a …

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Past or Passed: Which Word Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 9:00 am

The past is many things—but it’s not the same as passed. Passed: gone ahead of; approved. Past: a former time; beyond. If you ever find yourself struggling with the grammatical difference between the two, you aren’t alone. They sound identical when spoken aloud and have somewhat related definitions. However, they do have different meanings, and …

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Lead vs. Led: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 9:00 am

The English language is filled with tricky words. One such word is lead. With just four simple letters, it can have different pronunciations and distinctive meanings based on use and context. Let’s look at why that is, and how you can use lead correctly in its different forms. What You Should Know About the Word …

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