Let's take a look at Aid vs. Aide.  The two words are very similar in spelling and meaning and are even identical in pronunciation. That makes these words easy to mix, but one isn’t equal to the other.  “Aid” can be a verb meaning “to help” or “to assist.”...
Let's have a look at accepted vs. excepted: Accept is used to show agreement or receipt of something being offered.  Except is used to exclude (i.e., not offered or not included).  A handy trick is to look at the “ex” in “except” to know that something is being excluded.  Knowing...
Homophones are some of the toughest words to sort through, regardless of whether you are a native or non-native English speaker. Although they are spelled differently, homophones sound exactly the same when spoken out loud – so if you aren’t a terrific speller, you’re likely to struggle with homophones....
“Bath” and “bathe” are similar in spelling and meaning, but there are critical differences in how they are used. “Bath” will always be used as a noun. If you are taking a bath, you are washing yourself with water, typically in a tub (although avid campers could certainly refer...
There’s no doubt that spelling can be tricky in the English language, especially when more than one option is considered correct. In the case of “benefited” or “benefitted,” how do you know which version is correct? Why do some people use one T and others use the double T?  What’s...
Chorus vs. Choir Let's have a look at chorus vs. choir. A chorus and a choir have similar meanings, but that doesn’t mean they refer to the same thing. If we’re talking about people, a choir is always a part of a chorus, but a chorus can’t always be called...
Homophones are very tricky in English. One of the more difficult homophone pairs to remember is "adviser" and "advisor." This is true because both words have very similar spelling and pronunciation and usually mean the same thing. Luckily, if you get these two mixed up, it will not be considered a...
One of the largest points of confusion in the English language is found in “affective” vs. “effective.” Even though these are two common words we use in our daily lives, it seems as if many people are confused about their differences. Many people simply use them interchangeably without giving them much...
Let's have a look at cloths vs. clothes. These two words look very similar. In fact, many people mix them up and accidentally use the wrong word! Let’s review the differences between cloths and clothes so you can avoid making a mistake.  Definition of Cloths Cloths is the plural form of...
Have you ever considered whether you should use "can" or "may?" When asking for permission, you may have said, “can I?” On the flip side, you may have heard people say, “may I?” With these two phrases in mind, is one more correct? And do “can I?” and “may I?” Mean the same...