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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.

Whether or wether?

A “wether” is a castrated sheep, goat, or ram. “Whether” is a conjunction that functions like “if” by introducing alternate or opposite possibilities.

Therefor vs. Therefore: What’s the Difference?

“Therefor” and “therefore” are homophones; the two words sound the same though they have different meanings.

Til or till?

‘Til and till are acceptable synonyms of “until,” although till is standard and ‘til is informal. Always avoid the spelling of ‘till (apostrophe and two l’s).

Sentience vs. Sapience: What’s the Difference?

Some people confuse the word sentience with the word sapience, but there's a simple trick to remember the difference.

Spelt or spelled?

Spelled and spelt are both past tense/past participles of the verb “spell,” although North American English prefers “spelled.”

Realize vs. Realise: What’s the Difference?

"Realize" and "realise" mean the same thing. When they’re spoken out loud, they sound the same. The spelling difference is the only thing separating the two.

Setup vs. set up?

“Setup” is a noun that British English spells as “set-up.” The verb phrase “set up” (two words) shares the same spelling for British and American English.

Polygyny vs. Polygamy: What’s the Difference?

Polygamy describes any group marriage, consisting of three or more people. The word can also refer to sexual relationships or the mating habits of animals.

Prognosis vs. Diagnosis?

A diagnosis is the determination of a disease or ailment. A prognosis is the predicted outcome of a condition.

Persons vs. People?

Persons and people are plural nouns for “person,” although “people" is the correct word for everyday English. For formal or legal writing, use "persons.”