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Eminent vs. Imminent

English has many pitfalls for beginning and experienced writers alike, not the least of which is the presence of homophones. Homophones are words that are pronounced the same or similarly, but mean different things. Homophones that share both a commo...

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1 year ago

Immigrate vs. Emigrate

“Immigrate” and “emigrate” are two words that have similar meanings and can be easily confused. The differences between the two are subtle but important, especially if you want to keep your writing from looking sloppy. So, in this post we’l...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Imbed vs. Embed

English is rife with words that are spelled almost the same but mean completely different things. Much less common in English are words that are spelled slightly differently but still have the same meaning. Imbed and embed belong is this second categ...

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1 year ago

Imaginative vs. Imaginary

Imaginary and imaginative are two English adjectives that are similar enough that some writers get them confused. They both stem from the root word imagine, which is a verb that means to envision things that may not be the case. They mean different t...

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1 year ago

Allusion vs. Illusion #2

It’s not always easy to remember the meanings of English words. English contains many words borrowed or anglicized from a variety of earlier languages, so etymology is not always a clear indicator. Likewise, pronunciation varies from region to regi...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Elicit vs. Illicit

Some homophones, similar-sounding words that don’t mean the same thing, are harmless. But elicit and illicit are not among them. They are completely different parts of speech; choosing the wrong one would be an embarrassing mistake. Moreover, it co...

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1 year ago

Illegal vs. Illicit

As more and more laws are written, they forbid more and more things. Luckily, English has a variety of options for describing something that is against the law. Illegal, illicit, and unlawful are three options that have been in use for centuries. Do ...

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1 year ago

Hyper vs. Hypo

English has a lot of confusing words that mix up writers from time to time. Many of these words sound the same or are spelled the same or their definitions are so similar that it’s hard to tell them apart.Thankfully, this isn’t the case with the ...

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1 year ago

Hooves vs. Hoofs

As languages evolve, spellings can change and some words may even develop more than one version. Hoofs and hooves, for instance, are two versions of the same noun. Both versions have been in use for many years, but today, one is much more common than...

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1 year ago

Honor vs. Honour

It’s no secret that Americans and Britons spell words differently. American English features many streamlined or simplified spellings that some Americans feel more accurately represents the way the language is actually spoken. These spelling differ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Illusion vs. Delusion

Many words in English are confusing. They may appear similar, and they may even have related meanings. In most cases, though, words have clear definitions and should be used carefully. Using the wrong word could confuse your reader, or it could cause...

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1 year ago

Hands on vs. Hands-on

Short English phrases often begin as separate words, before eventually becoming hyphenated compounds, and finally evolving into closed compounds.Hands on and hands-on are probably in the middle of this process. The eventual progression to a closed co...

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1 year ago

Hanged vs. Hung

There is a good amount of confusion surrounding the verb hang and its various tenses. Is hanged or hung correct? Are they interchangeable? If not, what is the difference between the two? In this post, I want to go over some basic tenses of the verb h...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Harbour vs. Harbor

If you need a place to dock your motorboat, should you look for a harbor or harbour? The answer depends on where your seafaring adventures have taken you. Harbor and harbour are two spelling variants of the same word. One is used in American English,...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Hardy vs. Hearty

We all love a good stew. After letting it simmer all day in the crock pot, it becomes a delicious and filling meal that can feed a family for days. But should we call it a hearty meal or a hardy meal? Separately, should you plant hardy plants in your...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Heal vs. Heel

Heal and heel are homophones. That means that they are pronounced the same when spoken aloud, but they don’t mean the same thing. Homophones are confusing for many writers, and heal and heel doubly so, since they can both be used as a verb in sente...

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1 year ago

Homogenous vs. Homogeneous

If you are describing a society that is made up of very similar people, would you describe this society as homogenous or homogeneous? Despite their spelling similarities, these words are not synonyms. One is an outdated term from biology, while the o...

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1 year ago

Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. Homographs

The words homonym, homophone, and homograph are grammatical terms that are easy to confuse with one another because their meanings are all closely related, so let’s go through each one of them and see what the differences are.Origin:The word homony...

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1 year ago

Guarantee vs. Guaranty

In the modern world, guarantees are everywhere. We hear about them in commercials and we read them on product packaging. Sometimes it feels like every aspect of our lives is covered by a guarantee from someone or other. But what about a guaranty? Is ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Gross vs. Net

The first time you looked at a paycheck, you may have seen a large number and been very happy, only to have your excitement dimmed when you cash the check for a much smaller amount. That is because gross pay and net pay refer to two different account...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Grill vs. Grille

Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and mean different things. Grill and grille are homophones. It is impossible to discern any difference between them based on their pronunciations alone, but their meanings are actuall...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Great vs. Grate

Some people might be surprised to hear that this is a problem for certain writers, but for English language learners and those who have only heard the word spoken, the confusion makes a little more sense.In this post, I want to compare great vs. grat...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Gist vs. Jist

English has many words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but which, when spoken, sound similar or even exactly the same. These words are called homophones, and they can make life confusing for someone who isn’t familiar with...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Gaol vs. Jail

As language evolves, some words drop out of common usage or change with the language. This could result in spelling changes, usage changes, or replacement with an entirely new word. This is a frequent occurrence for all modern languages, English incl...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Gage vs. Gauge

English has a lot of confusing words in it. Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently; words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same; and you can’t forget those words that have such similar meanings it’s difficult to...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

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