Editorial »

Recently Added Articles

Our vibrant community of passionate editors is making sure we're up to date with the latest and greatest grammar tips, articles and tutorials.

Font size:

No One vs. Noone

Have you ever wondered why some pairs of words are shortened into a single word, but not other pairs? To make matters even more confusing, sometimes the pairs are used differently than in their shortened form (for example, log in and login). It can b...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Nerve Wracking vs. Nerve Racking

Sometimes, it feels as if we experience stressful situations—or at least worry about them—every day of our lives. Thus, it is no surprise that we have many words to describe things that cause us unease. One of these words, nerve-racking, describe...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Night vs. Knight

Another day and another set of confusing words. Like so many words in English, knight and night have identical pronunciations, but they have incredibly different meanings. In fact, their definitions are in no way related at all.Today, I want to brief...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Never mind vs. Nevermind

Never mind (nevermind?) is a popular phrase in speech and writing, but there is some confusion on how the word ought to be written. Is nevermind one word or should it be spelled never mind? Aside from the obvious space, is there any difference betwee...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

New vs. Knew

If two or more words sound the same when spoken out loud, but have different meanings, they are called homophones. Be careful not to confuse homophones with homographs, which also have different meanings but, instead, share a common spelling. Knew an...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Nauseated vs. Nauseous

The misuse of either one of these words is nauseating for some, but many don’t know the difference—or if there is one at all. Today, I want to clear up any confusion between nauseous and nauseated. If you are nauseated, you are sick to your stoma...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Net vs. Gross

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

Naught vs. Nought

Many of the languages in use today have been around for millennia. English has gone through many changes during that time, and while most of the language has evolved, a few words have survived to the 21st century almost intact. Naught and nought are ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Moustache vs. Mustache

Human men have hair on their faces. Some men style their facial hair in fashionable ways. Other men grow their hair into long, unruly tangles, which is also sometimes fashionable. Fortunately, just as there are several styles of facial hair, there ar...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Ethics vs. Morals

In today’s world, which often seems lawless and relativistic, the difference between ethics and morals might seem like splitting hairs, especially since no one seems concerned with either of them. Nonetheless, you can be the last bastion of upright...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Moral vs. Morale

If two words are spelled similarly, it can be tricky to remember which is which. That is the case with moral and morale. Both of these words can function as a noun in a sentence, but only one of them can function as an an adjective as well. Continue ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Moot vs. Mute

Language can be confusing at times, especially with words that sound similar to one another. Such is the case with mute and moot. Although they do have different pronunciations, they sound pretty close to each other when you say them out loud, and na...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Movable or Moveable

Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, which consists of portraits of famous literary expatriates and sketches of the author’s life as a young man in Paris, is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Hemingway or the American literary golden age of the 1...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Mucus vs. Mucous

The human body produces many fluids. Some of these fluids are mundane and some inspire disgust, but they are all necessary for the body’s daily operation and maintenance. One such fluid is found in many membranes in various places throughout the bo...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Monologue vs. Soliloquy

Theater geeks are an insular bunch, obsessed with the minutiae of stagecraft and drama. Even some of these sages of the stage cannot remember the difference between a monologue and a soliloquy, though. If you are an actor, as long as you can remember...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Modelling vs. Modeling

If you are an attractive human, you might be able to convince people to pay you to be photographed wearing expensive clothing and jewelry. If you are less attractive, you might need to resort to a career designing and maintaining complex simulation s...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Maybe vs. May be

A compound word is two or more words combined to form a new word. There are many compound words in English, like windmill, strawberry, granddaughter, and maybe. Maybe also has a near homophone in the phrase may be. Since, in this case, the words are ...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Me vs. I

A common mistake in people’s writing is to confuse I and me with each other. Both are personal pronouns, but they serve different purposes within the sentence. In many circles, this can be a costly mistake, as it’s usually considered a sign of sl...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Monies vs. Moneys

If you have ever read a company’s financial filings, you are likely to discover a high volume of opaque jargon. Sometimes, these documents are designed to obscure the financial state of a company, rather than to clarify it. One word, however, is ea...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Mischievious vs. Mischievous

Some people are always causing trouble. Sometimes, the person might just be accident-prone. We might call such a person clumsy or hapless. Other people, though, seem to relish trouble, and seek it out at every turn. Rather than hapless and clumsy, we...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Mold vs. Mould

Americans and the British spell many words differently. Americans omit the U that appears in some British words as a second vowel directly before a consonant. This rule doesn’t extend to every such word, though, so it can be confusing to remember w...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Mistrust vs. Distrust

Sometimes, two words are so similar that even experienced writers have trouble remembering which is which. Distrust and mistrust are two such words. Their meanings are so similar that they are often substituted for one another. Careful writers, thoug...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Grammar Mistakes Leading to Plagiarism Issues in English Writing

When learning English, you have to deal with essays, reviews, research, and other types of papers. Assigning them, your tutors won't estimate mere grammar and vocabulary but also check if you didn't copy those papers from others. Plagiarism is a core...

added by acronimous
1 year ago

May vs. Might

The two words may and might cause a lot of confusion in English and many writers aren’t sure when to use which one. A lot of people use them interchangeably, especially in speech, but is there really no difference between the two? Today I want to c...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

Can vs. May

These two words cause a lot of confusion in English and leave writers—and speakers especially—unsure about which word to use and when. Does can have a special function that may cannot be used for? Or are they completely interchangeable?Origin:The...

added by angbeenc
1 year ago

We need you!

Help us build the largest grammar knowledge base and articles collection on the web!

Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.