If you’ve ever confused the words appraise and apprise, you’re in good company. Appraise and apprise are both verbs, and they look and sound similar. That’s why it’s no surprise that people often mix them up or think they can
Loathe vs. loath: What’s the difference?
If you had to guess what the difference between loathe vs. loath is, what would you say? Would you say that they are (a) different ways of spelling the same word or (b) two different words altogether? Have you made
Baited vs. bated: What’s the difference?
If you wanted to say that Sophia is holding her breath in suspense, what would you write? Would you write that Sophia is waiting “with baited breath”? Or would you write that she is waiting “with bated breath”? We’ll solve
Complacent vs. complaisant: What’s the difference?
Like we talked about in our recent post on diffuse vs. defuse, the English language is a tricky beast. There are so many pairs of words that look or sound similar. But it isn’t always clear whether they mean the
Diffuse vs. defuse: What’s the difference?
In English, you don’t have to look far to find pairs of words that look or sound similar. Just think of their vs. there, empathic vs. empathetic, and compose vs. comprise. In some cases, you can use both words interchangeably
What’s the difference between may vs. might?
Do you ever write the word may only to wonder if you should really be using might instead? What is the difference between may vs. might anyway? If you aren’t sure, don’t worry. We’re going to explain the difference between
Is everyone singular or plural? What you need to know
Everyone is required to present their ID before boarding a plane. Did this sentence make you cringe? If it did, what did you find cringeworthy? If it didn’t, do you know what could be wrong with it? (No, it doesn’t
When should you use firstly vs. first? Everything you need to know
Imagine that you’ve just arrived home from a vacation where everything that could have gone wrong did. Your all-to-cheery sister wants to hear all of your stories and see all of your pictures, but all you can do is vent:
What nauseous means. Do you know how to use it properly?
Imagine eating your way through half of your leftover holiday treats only to feel sick 20 minutes later. (Your body doesn’t like what you just did to it, and you better bet that it’s going to tell you). You might
Criteria vs. criterion: What’s the difference?
Are you struggling to figure out what the issue in the sentence above is? You know that there isn’t a typo, a spelling mistake, or a punctuation error. So what’s the problem? It lies in the sixth word in the