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Maize vs. Maze

If you were stuck in a confusing task that involved navigating a pathway from one point to another, what would you call it? Would you use the same word that you would use to refer to a widely planted grain crop that originated in Mexico? Initially, i...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Make Do vs. Make Due

When plans go awry, sometimes we are forced to make the best of it, even if the circumstances are less than perfect. Giving up is usually not an option, and when it is an option, it is probably not the best option. Carrying through even when things g...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Loath vs. Loathe

As I’ve said elsewhere on this site, most of the confusions in language have nothing to do with grammar at all. Instead, the linguistic issues that writers and editors grapple with most commonly concern usage. The words loathe and loath are good ex...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Licence vs. License

It’s easy to make spelling mistakes. All writers make them. Sometimes, however, words have more than one accepted spelling. This is the case with licence and license. They are two variants of the same word, but they refer to different parts of spee...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lighted vs. Lit

Verb conjugation is tricky in any language, and English is no exception. Many writers confuse variations of past tense for irregular verbs, like to light. Lighted and lit are both past tense forms of this verb, but, in some cases, there is a preferen...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Light vs. Lite

Many words in English have multiple spellings. Sometimes these spellings are interchangeable, but often, they denote completely different meanings. Lite and light are two such words. They sound the same but are spelled differently, making them homoph...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lightening vs. Lightning

Mark Twain is famous for saying, “The right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Given that this famous quote involves one of today’s words, I thought I would include it as a reminder that c...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Liquor vs. Liqueur

Writers are notorious for their predilection for stiff drinks—Ernest Hemingway was a famous drunk, and later, authors like Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson followed in his footsteps. If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you’d better ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Literally vs. Figuratively

Literally is a word that is thrown around quite loosely these days. You will often hear it dropped into casual conversation to describe circumstances or events that cannot by any means be meant literally. So in order to keep our writing precise and a...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Learned vs. Learnt

Many words are spelled differently in American and British English, even if they fulfill the same function in a sentence. Learnt and learned are two different spellings of the same verb. One is accepted in British English, but not in American English...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lend vs. Loan

If you are applying for a loan from the bank, you will want to ensure that your writing is impeccably professional. Proper word choice is an important part of formal writing. English has many words that refer to the borrowing of goods and money. Two ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lens vs. Lense

Since many English words can be spelled more than one way, it might be tempting to assume that all words in English have multiple accepted spellings. Of course, that is not the case. The vast majority of words have only one standard spelling, and man...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lets vs. Let’s

Contractions are a perpetual source of confusion for beginning and experienced writers alike. Some contractions are even spelled the same as other words that aren’t contractions, with only the apostrophe revealing its true nature. Adding to the con...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Liar vs. Lier

Homophones are perpetually confusing to those who are not intimately familiar with a language. These words have identical pronunciations, but different meanings. Lier and liar are two remarkable homophones, in that they derive from the multiple sense...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lie vs. Lye

Irregular verbs are a headache for even the most experienced writers. Take lie for example. As a present participle, the word is conjugated to lying. Given this irregular spelling, it makes sense that some writers would be tempted to include the Y in...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Libel vs. Slander

Both of these words can have legal consequences and fit broadly under the umbrella of defamation, but what do they actually mean?In this post, I want to compare slander vs. libel. I will go over their definitions, their legal uses, and give you a tri...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Coursework Writing Mistakes and Tips to Avoid them

This article has the goal to show students the most widespread mistakes they often make while writing their coursework. These mistakes are main reasons why you can get bad grades for this scientific work, and fail your academic career as we...

added by acronimous
1 year ago

Longitude vs. Latitude

If you look at a globe or a map of the Earth, you might see horizontal and vertical lines that intersect each other and form a grid-like pattern. Some of them may have numbers printed near them. These are called latitude and longitude lines. Their tr...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Former vs. Latter

If you’re in school or reading any type of academic prose, you have mostly likely seen these two words in some of your assigned readings. They usually appear as a pair but not always, and many readers find them confusing. Once you know how to use t...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Attorney vs. Lawyer

If you are sued for gross negligence by someone who was injured as a result of your careless actions, who will represent you in court? You could represent yourself, but that might be a risky idea. Civil litigation is not a realm where amateurs genera...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Layout vs. Lay out

Graphic designers lay out layouts in clever ways to make information visually appealing and easy to read. Or do they layout lay outs? The choice between compounds and their individual words has plagued writers for centuries. Even most word processors...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lead vs. Led

The English language has hundreds of different words that trip up writers on a regular basis. Many of these confusing English words are homophones, words that are pronounced alike but have different meanings and spellings. Another good portion is ver...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Leaned vs. Leant

As languages evolve, some words fall out of style. They are usually replaced, sometimes by a different version of the same word, or sometimes by a new word altogether. This is how languages change to fit the needs of the people who use them. Leant an...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Leaped vs. Leapt

There are many words in English that have more than one spelling. Leaped and leapt are two such words. They are both past tense conjugations of the same verb, but one is preferred in American English, while the other is preferred in British English.C...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Lath vs. Lathe

As with any modern language, English has many words that are differentiated by only a single character. Writers need to be careful to use these words correctly, since even an innocent typo can completely change the meaning of the sentence. Two such w...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

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