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Efficacy or Efficiency: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 6:00 am

The words efficacy and efficiency are so similar in how they are spelled, pronounced, and used that they can be confused for each other. There is a difference, though. If you've ever wondered how to distinguish efficacy from efficiency, we'll leave you with a greater understanding in today's post. The Meaning of the Word Efficacy …

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Cultural Identity

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 6:00 am

The last couple of years have seen a greater emphasis on how we refer to and write about cultural identity in a wonderfully diverse country such as the U.S. In this discussion, we'll share some current style guidance you can consider. When we seek reinforcement for certain style items at GrammarBook.com, we most often refer …

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Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:00 am

Weather, whether, and wether are homophones, meaning they sound the same but have different meanings. Do you know how to use and spell them correctly? If you aren't 100% sure, this post is for you. Let's look at the distinctions among them by starting with the word you might use the most often. The Meaning …

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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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Dreamed vs. Dreamt

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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