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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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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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Should You Capitalize “The” Before Country Names?

Posted on Monday, July 5, 2021, at 6:00 am

The decision of whether to capitalize the word "the" in front of a country name can be a tricky one for a couple of reasons. First, you will likely see capitalization used in different ways depending on who is writing and where the writing appears. Second, there isn't one consistent rule you can follow that …

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