Then vs. Than

English is full of confusing words, that sound very much alike. ‘Then’ and ‘Than’ are two such words. There’s only 1 letter’s difference, and people mix them up all the time. This is especially apparent in written English. Here’s the difference between the two, and how they should be used. …

Grey vs. Gray

At first glance, ‘Grey’ and ‘Gray’ are both the same word. For English speaking people, they both refer to the color that sits between black and white, and is seen as a neutral tone. As well as this, they can both refer to a gloomy or miserable mood or atmosphere. …

Subjective vs. Objective

‘Subjective’ and ‘Objective’ sound very similar, but in fact they mean two very different things. ‘Subjective’ refers to information that is based on personal opinions, and ‘Objective’ refers to information that is based on factual evidence. They’re essentially descriptors for information or writing that help you decide whether they’re worthwhile …

Everyday vs. Every Day

At first glance, these two words look like they mean the same thing. However, looks can be deceiving. Compound words, after all, don’t always mean the same thing as the words that make them up. When they’re said aloud though, it’s difficult to hear the difference. There’s a simple difference …

To vs. Too

‘Too’ and ‘to’ are possibly two of the most mixed up words in the English language. You see them being used incorrectly all the time, especially on social media. You’ll see, though, that that extra ‘o’ makes all the difference. The two words actually mean something different. The basic difference …

I.e. vs. E.g.

I.e. and e.g. are very commonly used abbreviations in English writing, but many writers don’t actually know how they should be used. They don’t actually mean the same thing as many people suppose, so how you use them matters. There is a critical difference between the two that you should …

Who vs. Whom

Who vs. whom is a problem that many writers get stuck on. They feel as though they can’t ever know when the right time is to use ‘whom’, but in fact it’s not as hard as you’d think. There is a difference, and it’s not that hard to know when …

Lay vs. Lie

You may think that these two words are just different tenses of the same word, but in fact they can mean different things. They’re often confused in English writing. Here’s what you need to know. The basic difference between the two is that ‘lie’ doesn’t require a direct object, but …

Affect vs. Effect

These two words sound as though they should mean the same thing, but in fact they signify two different concepts entirely. They’re often used interchangeably but incorrectly. Once you know the difference though, it’s easy to correct your usage. Let’s take ‘affect’ first. Affect is most commonly used as a …

Who Invented the Internet

Not usually a question on everyone’s lips but the Internet is a vast and sprawling network that has become a part of our everyday lives. There’s no hiding from it. However, a surprising number of people, from all age ranges, simply don’t know who, how or why this revolutionary invention …