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Protagonist vs. antagonist?

A protagonist is the leading, center character of a story. An antagonist is the primary opponent or foe of a story’s protagonist.

Polyamory vs. polygamy?

Polygamy occurs when someone is married to more than one spouse. Polyamory involves having more than one romantic relationship at the same time.

Yours vs. your’s?

“Yours” is the correct way to assign possession to “you” (a second-person pronoun). “Your’s” is a grammatical error.

Manga vs. anime?

Anime is a type of Japanese animation viewed in films, TV shows, or clips. The term manga references Japanese comic books and graphic novels.

Hypo vs. hyper?

Words with the prefix hypo mean ‘below normal,’ ‘beneath,’ or ‘under.’ The prefix and adjective hyper means ‘excessively,’ ‘above normal,’ or ‘hyperactive.’

Flys or flies?

Flies is the plural form of the noun fly and a present tense form of the verb fly. Flys is a spelling variant of flies when citing plural one-horse carriages.

Anyone vs. any one?

“Anyone” is an indefinite pronoun that means ‘any person’ or ‘people.’ “Any one” is an adjective phrase that references any person, place, or thing.

Carmel vs. caramel?

Caramel is the standard spelling for the color, taste, or candy produced from cooking sugar or syrup. Carmel is a common misspelling of caramel.

Aluminum vs. aluminium?

Aluminum and aluminium are variant spellings of the same metallic element. Most of the world uses aluminium, though North American English...

Wholistic vs. Holistic: What’s the Difference?

“Wholistic” and “holistic” both relate to holism, a philosophy that the universe and especially living nature is best understood in terms of interacting wholes rather than as a sum of its parts.

Whoa or woah?

Whoa is the preferred spelling to woah. English speakers use “whoa” or “woah" as an exclamation to stop or slow horses or express alarm, joy, or surprise.

Traveling vs. Travelling: What’s the Difference?

"Traveling" and "travelling" are both correct. The former is the preferred spelling in American English; the latter is the British spelling.