Should you use more than or over in this sentence: “They’ve received ______ 500 emails today.” Unlike the words we’ve focused on in many of our previous posts (e.g., appraise vs. apprise and loathe vs. loath), more than vs. over
Appraise vs. apprise: What’s the difference?
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
All together vs. altogether: What’s the difference?
Some words in English start out as two separate words (e.g., mail box) and fuse into a single word (e.g., mailbox) over time. Are all together and altogether another example of this linguistic phenomenon? Or are they actually distinct terms?
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
Do you feel anxious vs. eager? What’s the difference?
Imagine looking at your Q4 analytics and finding that you not only met but surpassed your sales target. How would you feel? Would you feel anxious to tell your boss, Cindy, about the awesome results? Or would you feel eager?
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