Believes or Beliefs – What’s the Difference?
If you hold something to be true, do you believe it, or belief it?If you aren’t sure what the answer should be, you aren’t alone. Many writers are confused by these two words. The plural version, beliefs, is also close enough to believes to cause confusion.So when should you use beliefs,
Brief vs. Debrief – What’s the Difference?
Brief and debrief are verbs with a confusing relationship. Based on the structure of debrief, they would appear to be opposites. But if brief means short, does debrief really mean long?Actually, it does not. The sense in which these words are related does not involve the length of something.
Avenge vs. Revenge: What’s the Difference?
Some of the trickiest English words to differentiate are those words that sound alike or have very similar meanings. The words avenge vs. revenge are just such a set of words. While they aren’t exactly homophones, they do have similar sounds, both ending in “venge.”But, what makes them so
Adviser or Advisor: What’s the Difference?
If you are a student looking for advice on a particular major or academic discipline, you might go to the student center and schedule an appointment with and academic adviser. Or is it advisor? What exactly is the correct spelling for this position?Today, I want to talk about these two
Analysis vs. Analyses: What is the Plural of Analysis?
Analysis is a commonly used word in college writing. If you are doing quantitative research in any of the STEM fields, you will likely use analysis in all of your written reports and throughout your college career.The problem is, some students—especially ESL students—aren’t sure how
Advice vs. Advise: What’s the Difference?
English has a lot of tricky words in its vocabulary, but advice and advise are two words that are especially tough to keep track of. I even find myself taking a double take at the paper as I write them down, making sure I have them correct.The problem is, of course, the words are both spelled