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Currant vs. Current

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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips

Languages have so many words that some of them are bound to be similar. In English, words that sound alike but do not mean the same thing are called homophones. Homophones can be confusing, and in their misuse, hilarity sometimes ensues. If you write that someone was swept away by the currant and you aren’t relating a cautionary tale of drunken misadventure, then you had probably better read the rest of this article to find out why these words are different.


The word current originated from Middle English (in the adjective sense ‘running, flowing’): from Old French corant ‘running’, from courre ‘run’, from Latin currere ‘run’. Currant originated from Middle English raisons of Corauntz, translating Anglo-Norman French raisins de Corauntz ‘grapes of Corinth’.

Current as noun:

Current is a body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement.

Ocean currents are highest at full moon.

A flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles is also called current.

This completes the circuit so that a current flows to the lamp.

Current also refers to the general tendency or course of events or opinion.

The student movement formed a distinct current of protest.

Current as adjective:

Current is also used as an adjective which means belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now.

Keep abreast of current events.

Currant as noun:

Currant is used as a noun which means a small dried fruit made from a small seedless variety of grape originally grown in the eastern Mediterranean region and much used in cooking.

A currant bun.

A Eurasian shrub which produces small edible black, red, or white berries is also called currant.


The aroma was a swirl of evident black currant and violets, with supporting roles from vanilla, mocha, leather and red meat. (The Telegram)

“Red currants, generally speaking, are the tartest and the ones people think about for currants,” said Dale Secher of Carandale Farm in Oregon, Wis. (Duluth News Tribune)

After adding the mix of hops for balance, they ferment the beer to bring out a hint of dried raisins and currants. (Pasadena Star-News)

“A large part of the current inflation is temporary,” Fischer said on Bloomberg TV. (Business Insider)

But an upset will be a tall order, not least because defensive height is a little of what Plummer’s current team lacks. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“Illegal killing and poaching of lions are occurring at a massive scale, which are contributing at a far greater extent to the current devastating decline of the species,” said Susie Sheppard, media director for Panthera, a coalition of cat academics dedicated to conservation. (The Star)

Current or currant:

Current and currant are nouns, but only current is an adjective, as well. Since currant and eat are spelled with the letter A, you should have little trouble remembering the appropriate context for the word currant. Also, current and electricity are spelled with the letter E. Current is the flow of a body of water or electricity, or an adjective meaning in the present. Currant is a type of berry. Since both of these words can be used as a noun, the choice is more difficult. Remember that currant, spelled with an A, and it is something that you eat. Eat and currant both contain the letter A. Additionally, current is spelled with an E, as is electricity. A current is a flow of electricity.

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