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Emigrate vs. immigrate?

The verbs emigrate and immigrate have opposite meanings. To emigrate is to leave one's country permanently.

Was vs were?

Was and were are past-tense forms of the verb ‘to be.’ Use ‘was’ for the first and third-person singular tenses (I, he, she, or it).

Apart vs. a part?

The word apart is an adverb and adjective that generally describes disconnect and separation.

Less vs. fewer?

If you cannot count the quantity of something, use the word “less.” If you can count the individual units, use “fewer.”

Clip vs magazine?

Magazines are containers with springs, followers, and a stored supply of cartridges that are fed into a gun’s receiver.

Aid vs. aide?

Aid vs. aide?

An aide is a person who assists others, while the noun aid is an inanimate object or form of relief that helps to achieve a goal.

Past vs. passed?

The word passed is the past-tense form of the verb ‘to pass.’ In contrast, the word past is an adjective, adverb, noun, or preposition that generally conveys time or distance, not an action.

Payed vs. paid?

English speakers use the verb pay for two senses: the compensation sense and the nautical sense.

Theatre vs. theater?

The words theatre and theater have different spellings, but they represent the same meanings.