HISTORIC or HISTORICAL?

HISTORIC: “famous or important in history,” as in a historic occasion HISTORICAL: “concerning history or past events,” as in historical evidence Thus, a “historic” event is one that was very important, whereas a “historical” event is something that happened in the past. Buildings, villages, districts, and landmarks deemed important are often Read more…

i.e. OR e.g.

I.E. is often mixed up with E.G. or considered interchangeable, but they are not! Here’s what they mean and how to avoid mixing them up in the future: “i.e.” is Latin for “id est,” meaning “that is.” “e.g.” is Latin for “exempli gratia,” meaning “for example.” Use “i.e.” when you Read more…

STATIONARY and STATIONERY

STATIONARY: an adjective or adverb, meaning “not moving”, “fixed in one place”, “still.” STATIONERY: a noun, meaning “paper, for letter writing or note-taking” Ex: I use a stationary bike for exercise. (adj) Ex: The hostages were ordered to remain stationary. (adv) Ex: The girl received stationery and a special pen Read more…

PASSED and PAST

PASSED is the past tense and past participle of the verb “to pass.” It means to move on or ahead; proceed. It can function as both a transitive and intransitive verb. For example, “The car passed me in the left lane.” “I unknowingly passed by her in the crowd.” PAST Read more…

AVERT and OVERT

AVERT: (1) Turn something away (2) Prevent something – avoid ex: She averted her glance from the horrible accident. ex: John averted the food shortage crisis by having a well-stocked pantry from his garden. OVERT: Not secret or hidden – done or shown openly or publicly ex: I am aware of their overt hostility. ex: Read more…