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...
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...
You may have seen two different versions of color: it might be color, or it could be colour. Isn’t there some sort of rule on how this word should be spelled? The good news is that both spellings are correct, and there is no difference in meaning. Whether you...
Most abbreviations are easy to figure out. It’s much more common to say “Mr.” instead of “Mister,” and writing “4 km” is a lot easier than “4 kilometers.” For some abbreviations, however, finding the right way to shorten them isn’t so easy. In fact, there could even be an...
Biannually vs Biennially. These words aren’t technically homophones, yet they are similar. Due to their similar spellings, meanings, and pronunciations, many writers often mix them up. So, what do these words mean? And is it correct to use them interchangeably?  What Is The Meaning Of “Biannual?”  “Biannual” is a term that means “two...
"Wrap," and "rap" are some of the trickiest homophones because they sound very similar. However, they have vastly different meanings. These words are so similar that they are often intermixed in the same phrase: "wrapping things up" and "rapping things up." Do these phrases mean the same thing?  What Does "Rapping" Mean?  "Rapping" is a term that...
Is it faired or fared?  Most of the time "fared" is the correct choice. Let's have a deeper look. What Does "Fare" Mean?  "Fare" is a verb that means something "get through or get along." It originated from the Old English verb "faran" (to travel). As a side note, there is a really cool website...
While reading a document, you may see words like "practice" and "practise" thrown around similar or even interchangeably. You may have wondered if "practise" is even a word or if both the words mean the same thing.  This isn't the only example, however, as many words end in "-ise" and "-ice" which can confuse English learners.  Is "Practise" Even...