Is it persons, people or peoples?  In most cases, people is the correct term to use as a plural for the word person. The word persons is considered archaic, so unless you're doing some legal writing, it's best to avoid it. Meanwhile, peoples is only used to refer to distinct ethnic groups, oftentimes within the same...
The English language contains over one million words, and many of them are extremely similar! For instance, let's take a look at the words preventative and preventive. Is there a difference between them? Preventative and preventive are two different ways to spell the same word. Both words mean "designed to keep something...
One of our readers recently wrote in with a question about the difference between the words empathic and empathetic. They mentioned that they recently read a book where the adjective empathic was frequently used to describe people who possess empathy. However, they were used to using the word empathetic, and upon looking up...
There, their, they're. When it comes to commonly confused words, this trio is at the top of the list. It doesn't help that all three words are pronounced exactly the same, and many people can't keep their spellings straight. In this article, we'll go over each word and its...
The English language has many words with multiple spellings, especially those that differ between American English and British English. However, sometimes misspellings can be mistaken for alternative spellings, and this is the case with verbage and verbiage. Although the two seem like they could be alternative spellings of the same word, one...
Many are curious which is grammatically correct: between or in between. A recent message from a reader posed the question: "From time to time I hear the term "in between."  Is there a need to add the "in" to say that something is between two things?  Should it be spelled together? Can you please...
If you're wondering about the difference between program and programme, it's really quite simple! Program is the correct spelling in American English, as well as Canadian and Australian English. However, British English uses programme as its preferred spelling. In computing contexts, though, British people often use program rather than...
Many of our readers are curious about the spellings judgment and judgement. Judgement is typically flagged by word processors as an incorrect spelling, but online, you can find both spellings with nearly equal frequency. There are number of instances such as this with debated spelling of various words (which makes language so interesting!)....
Did you know that alright is not an accepted spelling of all right? Although one can see the one-world spelling in informal writing, editors (as well as teachers) will always mark it as incorrect. In order to properly use the expression, one must separate the words: all right. Perhaps the first time you encountered...
Is it cannot or can not or can't? Here, we look at the proper way to use all three variations. Can't Can't is simply a contraction of cannot, and therefore not always suitable for formal writing. It is often found in everyday speaking and writing: He can't drive until his leg heals.  She can't imagine anyone else...