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Whilst vs. while?

Whilst and while are synonymous as a conjunction or relative adverb. However, “whilst" is chiefly British, and it never replaces "while” as a noun or verb.

Systemic vs. systematic?

The adjective systemic describes something that exists within or affects an entire system.

Period inside or outside parentheses?

Periods stay outside of parentheses for parenthetical sentences that consist of an incomplete sentence or list.

Macro vs. micro?

Macro and micro are near opposites of each other. We use “macro” to mean ‘large’ and “micro” to mean ‘very small.’

Invoke vs. evoke?

‘To invoke’ is a call to action, the implementation of a procedure, or a plea of support from an authoritative source.

Good vs. well?

Use the adjective “good” to describe nouns and the adverb “well” to describe verbs. But if you’re discussing “good health,” use the adjective “well.”

Empathic vs. empathetic?

The adjectives empathic and empathetic derive from the noun empathy, but empathic is the standard English form.

Premier vs. premiere?

Premier and premiere originate from the same word, but they have different meanings.

Began vs. begun?

Began is the simple past tense of the verb “begin,” while begun is the perfect participle.