Overview of Burnt And Burned  In the English language, there are many instances in which two words with slightly different spelling seem like they may fit a sentence. For example, many people get confused and interchangeably use burnt and burned without knowing the subtle differences.  Read more about the differences between them and when you should use burned and burnt in your...
The word anymore has been a point of confusion amongst many English writers. Keep reading to learn if it should be written with one or two words.  While they are technically not interchangeable, anymore and any more have related meanings. The distinction between them depends on the context in which you are using...
When you see two spiky succulents, are they “cacti” or “cactuses”? Let’s look into it!  Cactuses or Cacti? In Latin, cacti is the correct plural form of cactus. And this is also popular for English speakers. However, cactuses is actually the correct English plural. Many dictionaries will list both as correct forms.  Latin So, both cactuses and cacti are correct! Why? Well,...
Forty is a commonly misspelled word. Many people know how to spell “four,” so they just add “ty” to the end of it to make “fourty.” However, the word “forty” does not have a “u” in it.  Incorrect: My aunt is fourty years old. Correct: He turned forty last week. Want to...
Let's discuss Cue vs. Queue... A cue is anything that serves as a trigger for a specific action.    Cue the Meaning of "Queue" While it may look intimidating as one of the relatively uncommon "Q" words followed by an unusual construction of repeated "ue" vowels, the pronunciation is pretty simple:...
Is it Toward or Towards? Some English words are used differently in America than they are in other countries. Many people are aware that color and neighbor in America become colour and neighbour in England. Another common one is adding -ed vs. -t to the end of certain verbs...
The most important thing to remember when considering alot vs. a lot,  that “alot” is not a real word. It is not in the dictionary, and it should never appear in your writing.  "A lot" is always two separate words. So, the correct way to refer to many things is...
Synchronizing is a way of connecting programs and machines. It is usually used in reference to computers. The official definition is “to occur at the same time.” However, the word is usually shortened in common use to either synch or sync. The shorter form is even starting to appear in...
Ambience is a character and mood of a place. Ambiance is an alternative spelling of the same word. When reading articles onilne, you'll find ambiance—spelled with an -ance—like in the title of this new story: Top restaurant performers in September won guest affection with ‘ambiance’ - Nation's Restaurant News In other articles, writers spell it ambience—with...
Along with definitely and loose, separate is one of the most commonly misspelled words in English. Separate can be either an adjective or a verb. It means set apart, individual, distinct, or not related as an adjective. As a verb, it means to detatch, set apart, distinguish, or divide. Separate is misspelled often as seperate, a word that has no meaning and is merely a misspelling: Correct ...