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Mom or Mum: What’s the Difference?

The term “mother” is one of the oldest words in the English language, and its roots date back hundreds of years. It’s no surprise, then, that the English language has so many variations of the word “mother.” Differences in the usage of “mom” or “mum” typically depend on your country of origin and which variation …

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Cosy or Cozy: Which is Correct?

Most know that British spellings often contain an “ou” where their American counterparts favor a single “o” in words like “color” and “humor.” However, that is not the extent of the distinctions, and there are a few more spelling differences across the Atlantic. Both “cosy” and “cozy” are correct depending on the style of English …

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Complaint vs. Complain: What’s the Difference?

Sometimes, a speaker doesn’t clearly pronounce a letter, like the “t” in “complaint,” making it harder for the person learning English to discriminate between “complain” and “complaint.” Others confuse the function and meaning of the two words and also spell the past tense of “complain” incorrectly. What is the difference between “complaint” and “complain”? The …

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High School or Highschool: Which Is Correct?

Learning how to spell words in English is challenging as there are so many rules to learn, and compound words can be particularly challenging. For instance, which is correct: “highschool” or “high school”? Also, are there instances when we should hyphenate as in “high-school?”  “High school” is the correct spelling of the noun. “Highschool” is …

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Quasi vs. Pseudo: Meaning and Usage

There are numerous benefits to expanding your vocabulary, and learning and using new words can help with reading comprehension as well as communication. However, it is essential to fully understand the words you are using to ensure you use them correctly. “Pseudo” and “quasi” are two words that may seem similar and easy to understand, …

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Understanding the Difference between Subtotal and Total

When you’re tallying up numbers, you’ll often come across the terms “subtotal” and “total.” Whether you know the difference or want to find out, this article will highlight some key differences that will help you use them correctly. Total is used to describe the final, overall sum of the other sets of numbers or subtotals. …

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