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Posts tagged SPELLING

What’s up with “who’s” and “whose”?

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As confusing homophones go, who’s vs. whose ranks right up there with its/it’s and there/they’re/their.

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On whose face is the Tenth Doctor drawing?

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In other words, whose is the possessive pronoun of who and which.

Who’s glad this post is over? Whose knowledge of this topic has improved in the last five minutes?

In each of the above pairs, the first word is the preferred American spelling; the second word is the preferred spelling in British English.

Learned can be both the past tense of learn and an adjective that means “educated, scholarly.”

If you’d like to see what other words are spelled/spelt differently between American and British English, read this article.

What’s up with “dying” and “dyeing”? (And “dieing”?)

Despite meaning completely different things, dying and dyeing are often confused. To be more accurate, many people use dying when they mean dyeing.

Here’s an example of such an error:

It should have said “Dyeing your hair green.”

Here’s the 411:

And there’s one more: dieing.

(To be fair, almost no one uses that word.)

What’s up with “alot,” “allot,” and “a lot”?

If we got a dollar every time someone used “alot” instead of “a lot,” we’d be able to buy Tumblr.

Here’s the rundown on alot, allot, and a lot.

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If you’re a fan of comics, you should definitely check out Allie Brosh’s blog.

As far as allot and a lot are concerned, here is the tl;dr answer:

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Although we have not gone over our allotted space, we think we’ve said a lot, so with a recap (featuring Alot), we bid you adieu.

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