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FARTHER or FURTHER

FARTHER and FURTHER both mean “at a greater distance, ” and they often are used interchangeably,  though they aren’t quite the same. FARTHER typically refers to physical length or distance. It is the comparative form of the word “far” when referring to distance. FURTHER typically refers to abstract distance. It Read more…

LEND and BORROW

LEND is a verb meaning “give something to someone for a short time, expecting that you will get it back.” BORROW is a verb meaning, “get something from someone, intending to give it back after a short time.” When you give something, you LEND it; when you get or receive something, Read more…

THEN or THAN?

THEN is an adverb relating to time. Depending on its use, it means “at the time” or “afterward.”  For example, “We ate breakfast and then we left for school.” THAN is a conjunction that is used when comparing two or more things. For example, “Chocolate ice cream is better than strawberry ice cream.” Read more…

FOR ALL INTENTS and PURPOSES

FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES is the usual and proper form of the phrase meaning “in every practical sense.” It dates back to English law in the 1500s, originally cited as “to all intents, constructions, and purposes” in the Oxford English Dictionary as early as 1546, and written “to all intents, Read more…

DEARTH? MORE or LESS

There are two issues with this word.  The first is that it is commonly misspelled as DIRTH. The second issue is the more egregious.  Have you ever heard something like this? There is such a dearth of sand on this beach! Many seem to think that DEARTH means “a great Read more…