Grammar Tips

Cannot vs can not?

“Cannot” is the formal form of “can’t” and “can not.” English speakers can use “cannot” and “can not” interchangeably, but “cannot” is more common and accepted amongst English audiences.

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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.

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.

Flier or flyer?

American English speakers use the words flyer and flier interchangeably, although The Associated Press Stylebook recommends using the word flyer for pilots, plane travelers, and brochures.