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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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All of a Sudden vs. All of the Sudden: Which Version Is Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 am

When you want to describe something that took place in an instant, should you say all of a sudden or all of the sudden? Which is grammatically correct? This is a common question. The two variations look and sound alike and are often used interchangeably by native English writers and speakers. In fact, there may …

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Gist or Jist: Which Version Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you need to summarize a point or simplify a seemingly complicated topic. Would you be getting to the gist or the jist of the subject? Which version is correct? If you've ever confronted this question, today's post will settle it for you. We're going to review the difference between gist and jist, explain …

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Adapter vs. Adaptor: Is There a Difference?

Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 6:00 am

One of many things that make the English language both fascinating and perhaps confusing is that it always evolves over time and across regions. Because of that, there can be subtle differences in English usage and expression from one place or era to the next. That can sometimes create uncertainty about spelling, usage, and interpretation. …

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Pick Up or Pickup: Which Word Do You Need to Use?

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2022, at 6:00 am

Let's say you agree to give your friends a ride in your truck. On the way, they ask if you can help them move an appliance since your truck has an open cargo area with low sides and a tailgate. Do you know which word to use to describe what you'll be doing and what …

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Login vs. Log In: Which Is Grammatically Correct?

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 am

With everything happening online these days, there are a lot of email and password combinations floating around. But IT professionals aren't the only ones left scratching their heads sometimes:  Confusion about tech-related language can lead to questions and issues of grammar and spelling as well. In today's post, we'll examine the difference between login and …

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