Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • trial – examination; experiment; hardship
    • They were busy getting ready for the trial.
  • trail – a path
    • She took the trail up to the to top of the hill.

Memory tips:

This is a pair of words that I think is more misspelled than used incorrectly. But it is something that needs to be checked before the document is finalized.

  • trial – I am in trial
  • trail – adventure is at the end of the trail

Confusing Words of the Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

Words of the Week

This week’s words are:

theirs – possessive form of they; used when a noun does not follow

  • The red car was theirs.

there’s – contraction of there is or there are

  • There’s [there is] no doubt that she is the best person for the job.

Memory tips:

  • theirs – belonging to them
  • there’s – apostrophe represents missing letter (in this case the i) for there is 

Replay Thursday

It’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.

Grammar Giggle – Who’s

Grammar Giggles – Definetly

Our Normal Is Someone Else’s Perfect

Confusing Words of the Week

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

pole – a long, slender piece of wood or metal.

  • They used the pole to hold the canvas up for shade.

poll – (n.) the casting of votes by a body of persons; (v) to register the votes of

  • He took a poll of his neighbors about installing a speed bump in the neighborhood.

Memory tips:

  • pole – Think about an ole fishing pole that was a stick.
  • poll – Pieces olittle learnings from asking questions.

Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • Healthful – promoting health (e.g., a healthful food)
  • Healthy – being in good health (e.g., a healthy person)

Memory tips:

  • Healthful – Things that promote good health are full of health
  • Healthy – Things alreadin good health are healthy

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

Defuse – to make less harmful

  • The officers worked to defuse the bomb

Diffuse – (v) to spread; (adj.) wordy, badly organized

  • She prepared a diffuse report of the accident
  • He wanted to diffuse the lavender in his bedroom.

Memory tips:

Defuse – to De-Fuse the situation

Diffuse – make a difference in the atmosphere (to spread) and to make it difficult to read (wordy, badly organized)

Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • Age – the length of time during which a being or thing has existed; length of life or existence to the time spoken of or referred to
    • He was 16 years of age.
  • Aged – having lived or existed long; of advanced age; old; of the age of
    • A girl aged 40 years.

Memory tips:

  • ageD – having liveD or existeD long

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • censor – (n.) an official who examines documents and deletes objectionable material; (v.) to examine in order to delete anything considered objectionable
    • The network television show was heavily censored for language.
  • sensor – a device that detects a change (for example, in motion, light, heat, sound or pressure)
    • The sensor for the air conditioner was broken.
  • censure – (n.) condemnation; reprimand; (v.) to criticize; to find fault with
    • The politician received a censure for his recent antics.

Memory tips:

  • censor – censOr – O for objectionable
  • sensor – senses a change
  • censure – they should be reprimanded for sure 

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • currant – a berry
    • I haven’t yet tried currant jam.
  • current – (adj.) belonging to the present; (n.) a flow of water or electricity
    • Joe needed to do a report on current events.
    • Jane was shocked by the electrical current.

Memory tips:

  • currAnt – jAm made of currant berries
  • currEnt – prEsent; Electricity