Tag: commonly confused words

  • Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    When I watched “Grease” for the first time, I fell in love with the music and wanted to stand up and dance when “Born to Hand Jive” came on. That was my first experience with the word jive, and I had no idea what the word meant. Now I do, and I want to share it…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Its vs. it’s and its’ … sounds confusing right? It’s not! If there is one absolute in life, it is this: The English language is ridiculous. The guidelines often seem so arbitrarily set that I have no doubt that grammar trolls designed the rulebooks with the sole intention of tripping us up. I picture them…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Ambience vs. Ambiance

    Commonly Confused Words: Ambience vs. Ambiance

    The fireplace is dancing and crackling as large fluffy snowflakes make their way to the ground outside my window. The softly glowing flames of a candle fill the air with scents of cinnamon and cloves. Snuggled in my cozy, knit sweater, I sip my steaming cup of hot chocolate as I sit down to my…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Empathy vs. Sympathy

    Commonly Confused Words: Empathy vs. Sympathy

    If you have ever had to try to explain the difference between two words that are very similar, I have empathy for you. That’s the situation that I find myself in at the moment trying to explain empathy vs. sympathy, so I know how difficult it can be. If you don’t know what it is…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Capital vs. Capitol

    Commonly Confused Words: Capital vs. Capitol

    While on vacation, have you ever had the capital idea to visit your nation’s capitol building and wander around the expansive hallways to see if any capital trials are being held there? If you are confused by the use of capital vs. capitol in that introductory sentence, you aren’t alone. Writers often transpose these simple…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    Commonly Confused Words: Complement vs. Compliment

    We’re back trying to unravel the complexities of commonly confused words. Do you have trouble correctly using complement vs. compliment? What about using complimentary vs. complementary? Do you want to learn more about them so you can show off how smart you are to your Facebook friends? Well then, let us enlighten you! Complement vs. Compliment at…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Bad vs. Badly

    Commonly Confused Words: Bad vs. Badly

    If I said that I feel badly, would you tell me to eat a cup of chicken noodle soup and rest, or would you wonder why my sense of touch is messed up? The bad vs. badly misunderstanding is persistent, so let’s make sense of these commonly confused words. Bad vs. Badly at a Glance…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    Commonly Confused Words: Because vs. Since

    “Because I work at home, I never have to shower.” “Since I work at home, I never have to shower.” Is there any real difference between these two sentences? If you said, “Yes,” you’re right! If you said, “No,” I’d say it’s time to take a closer look at the words because and since and…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Altogether vs. All Together

    Commonly Confused Words: Altogether vs. All Together

    The 1980 movie “Airplane!” has a famous scene in which two members of the flight crew are trying to convince a former Air Force pilot with a phobia to land the plane because the captain has food poisoning. The erstwhile pilot protests, “It’s an entirely different kind of flying, altogether!” to which the flight crew…