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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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.

Lets vs let’s?

The word let’s is a contraction of “let us,” while lets is written for the present tense in the singular, third-person perspective.

Breath vs. breathe?

The word breathe is a verb (“to breathe") that describes the act of respiration, where living organisms inhale and exhale air through the lungs.

Possum vs. opossum?

We often use the term “possum” to describe opossum and possum species, but possums are not the same animal as opossums.

A vs. an?

The indefinite articles “a” and “an” modify different types of singular count nouns.

Awhile vs. a while?

“A while” is a noun phrase that means “occasionally" or an amount of time that is longer than "awhile.”