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What’s the difference between countdown and count down? We’re here to give you tips and examples to avoid confusing the two in the future! Here’s a scenario. You’re a renowned government agent trained to defuse bombs. The president, in a panic, has just informed you through text that there is a bomb in the premises. You try to reply to his message and state that you will “defuse said bomb before the end of the countdown.” Or was it . . . count down? You stand there, confused, distressed, staring at your phone in rage. The clock is ticking. Like many words that people often mistake and use interchangeably, countdown and count down are compound words. On one hand, countdown is a clos... Read more

When is it correct to use escape or scape in a sentence? The difference is more than meets the e! Picture a detective hot on the trail of a clever art thief. The detective, Mr. Eeyus, is in the midst of the crime scene in an art gallery. A shattered window by the entrance marks the criminal’s escape. Out the window, Mr. Eeyus observes the city’s landscape and tries to picture where the thief could’ve gone after stealing one of the gallery’s renowned paintings. What is his next step? In this story, both escape and scape are used in different sentences with clear yet distinct contexts. So why do people still confuse the two words? One reason could be the British addition of the lette... Read more

Bizarre and bazaar may sound alike, but these two words could not be more unlike. Bizarre is an adjective, which means “strange or eccentric.” Here are some examples.    The doctor is a pretty bizarre fellow, isn’t he?    My cat was acting bizarre during the lightning storm last night. Bazaar, on the other hand, is a kind of market.    Mother and I are visiting the Christmas bazaar this weekend.    I’m selling some of my old comic books at the bazaar this September. If this lesson seems pretty straightforward, that’s because it is, unlike other pairs of words that have been confused because they sound alike, not because they’re co... Read more

Phrases that use similar words can be pretty confusing, especially when we find them in very different places. Phrases like “by far,” “as far as,” and “(in) so far as” may look similar, but all of them are used for specific purposes. Keep reading to find out. “By far” is actually an idiom that means “by a large amount” or “to an extreme or obvious degree.” It is used to compare something of the same kind to emphasize a difference. This idiom is also similar to “far and away.” Here are some examples on how to use it.    Sierra Boggess is by far the best soprano I have ever heard sing live.    Aunt May’s is the best pecan pie by far in this competition. &em... Read more

How do you know when to properly use passed or past in a sentence? Feel free to “pass the time” and read our short guide to these tricky rhymes! First things first: you might have already noticed that passed and past sound very much alike. Indeed, there are some words with the same pronunciations but different meanings. You can say you’ve been to Disneyland and also say that Jack planted a magic bean in his backyard. Likewise, you can say your shirt is brand-new and also that you never knew the proper way to wash shirts. But what happens when two words not only sound alike but are often difficult to tell apart? Let’s start with passed. This word is exactly what it looks like—the pa... Read more

In the English language, pronouns are used to replace nouns in sentences. This is in order to avoid redundancy. There are many kinds of pronouns meant for various uses. Sometimes, we get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of pronouns that we mix them all up. Take the pronouns: I, me, and myself. They all replace the first-person singular noun, which is the speaker. Despite that, we still misuse them. Just look at the examples below.    Me and May organized the surprise party.    Myself and May organized the surprise party. For some odd reason, all of them sound correct, but they aren’t.  Correct:    May and I organized the surprise party. So wh... Read more

Victoria Aveyard is the person behind the Red Queen series, and she has totally proven that she would make a great queen in the literary world. Aveyard’s Red Queen gained the number 1 spot on the New York Times YA Best Seller list on March 1, 2015, making her the first author to have a debut novel earn the top spot a week after its release. Born in Massachusetts, Aveyard is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts screenwriting program at the University of Southern California. She is a huge fan of J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and George R. R. Martin, and she cites these authors as her biggest inspiration for writing. A year after graduating from the University of Southern Cali... Read more

Hot topic: is it who or is it whom? We often interchange these two without anyone noticing. How do we know which to use? When who is used in a sentence, it replaces the subject of the sentence. Here are some examples:    Who stole the cookie from the jar?    Who baked those cookies? When whom is used, it replaces the object of a preposition or a verb. Here are some examples:    Whom were you speaking on the phone with?    To whom are these letters addressed? If you notice, it seems like who works for all these sentences just fine. That’s because who is popular as the catch-all pronoun. As a writer, however, it is important to adhere to t... Read more