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Mold vs. mould?

Mold is the correct spelling for American English. If you live outside of the United States, the correct spelling is typically mould.

Fair vs. fare?

Fair is a noun and adjective, while fare is a noun and verb. Both words sound alike, but they have very different meanings.

Drank vs. drunk?

Drank is the past tense form of drink, while drunk is the past participle. “Have drunk” is grammatically correct. “Have drank” is not.

Burnt vs. burned?

Burned or burnt are past participles of the verb burn, where burnt is chiefly British. American English only uses burnt as an adjective.

Firsthand or first-hand?

First-hand is the standard spelling for British English. American English prefers firsthand.

Biannual vs. biennial?

Biannual means ‘twice per year.’ Biennial means ‘once every two years,’ ‘every other year,’ or ‘lasting for two years.’

Analyses vs. analysis?

The word analysis is a singular noun. The plural form of analysis is analyses.

Client vs. customer?

A client seeks out an industry professional's services, while a customer purchases goods or product services from a business.

Cue vs. queue?

The word cue references signals, hints, or the stick used for billiard sports. The word queue references sequences, waiting lines, and braided hair.

Born vs. borne?

Borne is the standard past participle of bear. Born is a past participle of bear within the passive verb “be born.”

Supine vs. prone?

Supine and prone are unique terms with opposite meanings. If we're lying down with our face to the ground, it's called the "prone” or “prostrate" position.

Catalog vs. catalogue?

Catalog and catalogue are variant spellings of the same word. Most English-speaking countries use catalogue, while American English prefers catalog.