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Presume vs assume?

The verbs presume and assume each mean “take for granted,” but assume also describes the act of pretending, absorbing responsibility, or taking over a role.

Afterward or afterwards?

Americans use “afterward” for formal writing, but “afterwards” is the standard spelling outside of the United States.

Fiction vs. nonfiction?

Nonfiction writing recounts real experiences, people, and periods. Fiction writing involves imaginary people, places, or periods...

Attorney vs. lawyer?

An attorney is a lawyer that provides clients with legal representation. A lawyer is a legal practitioner that advises clients of their legal rights.

Affective vs. effective?

Effective is an adjective that describes how something produces a successful result.

Canceled vs. cancelled?

Canceled is the American spelling of the British English verb, cancelled.

Jealousy vs envy?

Envy is a noun or verb that describes the resentful longing of advantages possessed by another.

Thru vs. through?

Thru is the informal American spelling of the word through.

Alright vs. all right?

Alright and all right are essentially the same word, but “all right” is the correct spelling for standard English.