Found 87 articles starting with B:

bachelor - correct spelling

bachelor noun
Example: He is the world’s most eligible bachelor....

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bad, badly

Bad ordinarily acts as an adjective, badly as an adverb
. Bad normally describes how things a...

balance - correct spelling

balance noun and verb
Example: The balance in the account was more than enough. noun
Example:...

Bale vs. Bail

English, like all languages, contain homophones, or words that sound alike, but don’t have the same meaning....

balloon - correct spelling

balloon noun and verb
Example: The little girl lost her balloon. noun
Example: The f...

Balmy vs. Barmy

Barmy and balmy sound exactly alike, and with the exception of one word (r in barmy and l in balmy) their spellings are very much similar too. The meanings of both the words however...

banal - vocabulary

banal - adjective
Drearily commonplace, hackneyed, trite, lacking in originality. If you killed off Lizzie McGuire's entire family and sent her to live with an evil stepmother and two...

barbecue - correct spelling

barbecue noun and verb
Sometimes spelled barbeque.Example: We enjoyed the North Carolina barbecue. ...

Barbeque vs. Barbecue

If you eat meat, you have probably had delicious slow-cooked pork drenched in tangy, spicy sauce. This wonde...

bargain - correct spelling

bargain noun and verb
Example: We found a bargain at the yard sale. noun
Example: Yo...

Base vs. Bass

Bass and base are homophones, which means they are pronounced similarly but have different meanings. To furt...

basic - correct spelling

basic adjective and noun (basics)Example: Sugar is the basic ingredient. adjective...

basically - correct spelling

basically adverb
Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that dis...

Bathe vs. Bath

The differences between American and British English are many and varied. Sometimes, the same word will be s...

Bear vs. Bare

There are actually three different words here, as bear has two different senses. Confusing these two words i...

beautiful - correct spelling

beautiful adjective
Example: We enjoyed the beautiful sunset....

because - correct spelling

because subordinating conjunction
Note: Forget your teacher’s rule about not starting a sentence with Because. Emily Dickinson’s poem Death begins: “Because I...

because, as, since, for

See as, because, since, for
....

become - correct spelling

become verb
Example: He will become annoyed with his situation rather quickly....

before - correct spelling

before preposition, subordinating conjunction, and adverb
Example: He fell asleep bef...

beggar - correct spelling

beggar noun and verb
Example: He gave a dollar to the beggar. noun
Example: The war ...

beginning - correct spelling

beginning noun, adjective, and verb (present participle of the verb begin)Example: In the ...

Behavior vs. Behaviour

There are many English words that are spelled and pronounced similarly. Some of these words are homophones: words that are pronounced the same but mean different things. Still, others are spelling variants that result from differ...

being - correct spelling

being noun and verb (present participle of the verb to be
)Example: The movie character was a rather exotic ...

belie - vocabulary

belie - verb
To misrepresent, to show to be false; to refute, disprove, gainsay. Often used to show an action directly contrary to the true situation, as in His shaking hands belied his calm smile and...

belief - correct spelling

belief noun
Example: This is my belief....

believable - correct spelling

believable adjective
Not believeable.Example: The plot, at least, was believable....

believe - correct spelling

believe verb
Example: He wants to believe in her....

Bellow vs. Below

In English, even minor spelling differences can completely change the meaning of common words. In these case...

bemoan - vocabulary

bemoan - verb
To lament; to express grief or distress over; to regard with disapproval or regret. Back in May, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton publicly admonished young folks for thinking of w...

beneficial - correct spelling

beneficial adjective
Example: The health food provides many beneficial effects....

benefit - correct spelling

benefit noun and verb
Example: This benefit attracted the new recruits. noun
Example...

benefited - correct spelling

benefited verb (past tense and past participle of the verb benefit)Also spelled benefitted.Example: The slush fun...

Benefitted vs. Benefited

Many writers are flummoxed at the spelling rules in English. In some cases, the consonant at the end of a wo...

beset - vocabulary

beset - verb
To attack on all sides, to assail, to harass, as in beset by financial difficulties; to surround or hem in, as in the little town beset on all sides with housing developments...

besides, beside

As prepositions, these two are commonly interchanged, but their meanings do differ, according to traditionalists.Besides means “other than” or “in addition to” while ...

between - correct spelling

between preposition
Note: When you use a personal pronoun with between, you must use the objective case
.Grammar...

Biannual vs. Biennial

Biannual and biennial are treated as if they are interchangeable or they mean the same. Some people who know the difference but still get confuse about wh...

bicycle - correct spelling

bicycle noun
Example: The little girl loved her new bicycle....

bight - correct spelling

bight noun (a loop in a rope, or a curve in a coastline)Not bite
.Note: When you use your teeth, you ...

bilateral - vocabulary

bilateral - adjective
Pertaining to two sides, parties, or factions, as in a bilateral treaty. In law, a bilateral contract binds two parties to reciprocal duties. R...

Binging vs. Bingeing

As awareness of eating disorders has increased since the 1980s, so has use of the verb binge. As with many v...

biscuit - correct spelling

biscuit noun
Example: My grandmother made the world’s best biscuit....

bite - correct spelling

bite verb and noun
Not bight
.Example: A child might bite th...

blaspheme - vocabulary

blaspheme - verb
To speak irreverently of God or sacred things or beliefs; to speak evil of someone or something. Used as either a transitive verb (with ...

Blatant vs. Flagrant

The majority of linguistic issues that writers face on a day-to-day basis really have nothing to do with gra...

Blockquote Test Page

Only Blockquote Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and sc...

board - correct spelling

board noun and verb
Example: Send the report to the board of directors. noun
Example: ...

Board vs. Bored

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled. The words board, bored sound the same ...

boorish - vocabulary

boorish - adjective
Like a boor, insensitive, crude; without good manners, as in His boorish behavior offended everyone at the party. Today’s New York Times features...

bored - correct spelling

bored adjective and verb (past tense and past participle of the verb bore)Example: She is ...

Born vs. Borne

An African-born ...

borrow - correct spelling

borrow verb
Example: Do you want to borrow some money?...

bottle - correct spelling

bottle noun, verb, and phrasal verb (bottle up)Example: Give the baby her bottle. ...

bottom - correct spelling

bottom noun, verb, and adjective
Example: We’ve reached the bottom of the list. noun...

bough - correct spelling

bough noun
Example: The bird sat in the bough of the tree....

bought - correct spelling

bought verb (past tense and past participle of the verb buy)Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses bought and brought. ...

boundaries - correct spelling

boundariesnoun (plural of the noun boundary)Example: The land seemed to have no boundaries....

boundary - correct spelling

boundary noun
Example: The line of trees formed the boundary of the property....

brake - correct spelling

brake noun and verb
Example: She hit the brake to avoid the collision. noun
Example: ...

Brake vs. Break

In English, there are countless words that sound exactly the same when you read them out loud but turn out t...

breadth - correct spelling

breadthnoun
Example: Her breadth of knowledge impressed us....

breath - correct spelling

breathnoun
Note: The verb form is breathe
.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses breath and b...

Breath vs. Breathe

Both breath and breathe have something to do with air in our lungs, but each word has a different function i...

breath, breathe

Breathe (pronounced with a long “e”) is a verb, and breath (short “e”) is a noun
.Example: He tried to tak...

breathe - correct spelling

breatheverb
Not breath (which is the noun form).Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses breath an...

brilliant - correct spelling

brilliantadjective
Example: Einstein was a brilliant scientist....

bring, take

Note: You’ll find an in-depth discussion in the Common Grammatical Mistakes section of Grammar.com. Click here for the beginning of that discussion....

British Approach to Group Nouns

As an interesting aside, the British always use plural verbs with collective nouns. On May 15, 2001, I was watching a BBC-produced documentary about a blues musician who made a comeback. Describing the musician’s band, the narrator said: ...

Broach vs. Brooch

She sat on the c...

broccoli - correct spelling

broccolinoun
Not brocolli.Example: Apparently, the president likes broccoli and cabbage....

Brooch vs. Broach

When two words that sound alike mean different things, they are called homophones. English is full of homoph...

brought - correct spelling

broughtverb (past tense and past participle of the verb bring)Note: For a discussion of the differences between bring...

brought, bought

Brought is the past tense and past participle of bring, and bought is the past tense an...

Build Your Vocabulary

In this section, we have provided short discussions of 406 words. In each, we define the word and then provide an example of its use by top writers in literature or the media.This list will especially help young people studying for college-en...

building - correct spelling

buildingnoun and verb (present participle of the verb build)Example: The building...

bulletin - correct spelling

bulletin noun
Example: The head of the department issued a new bulletin....

bureau - correct spelling

bureaunoun (capitalize when naming a specific agency, as in "Federal Bureau of Investigation")Example: The police officer was investigated by the ...

burial - correct spelling

burialnoun
Example: The first biblical account of a burial is that of Sarah....

buried - correct spelling

buriedverb (past tense and past participle of the verb bury)Example: The general was ...

bury - correct spelling

buryverb
Example: “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”Example: Don’t ...

Bus vs. Buss

Have you ever wondered about the differences between public transportation and public displays of affection?...

bushes - correct spelling

bushesnoun (plural of the noun bush), verb (present tense, third-person singular of the verb bush), and ...

business - correct spelling

businessnoun
Example: Frankly, it’s none of your business.Example: He started a successful ...

but

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with But. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been starting sentences with conjunctions for hun...

byte - correct spelling

bytenoun
Note: Werner Buchholz coined this term in 1956 when he participated in the early design of the IBM Stretch computer. It mutated from the word bite to avoid any confusion w...

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