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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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:
Do you have friends or colleagues who like to embellish their stories? If you do, you might say that these people have a habit of overexaggerating. But maybe you’ve had someone stop you in your verbal tracks by telling you