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Words Commonly Confused

These words are often confused and misused. The mnemonic devices are suggestions for helping to distinguish the words so you do not make the same mistake.

Stationary vs Stationery

"Stationary" means standing still, while "stationery" is paper for writing. The "a" in "stationary" is for "anchored."

Idle vs Idol vs Idyll

"Idle" is an adjective that means inactive. An "idol" is an object of worship or adoration. "Idyll" is a happy interlude. "Idol" has an "o" for when you adore your favorite celebrity, "Oh, how well he can dance!"

Passed vs Past

"Passed" is the past tense of the verb "pass," as in, "I passed the supermarket on the way to work." "Past" refers to a former time or place. The "t" in "past" stands for time.

Device vs Devise

A "device" is an invention. To "devise" means to invent. Remember that the "c" is pronounced as "s" and the "s" is pronounced as "z". Say the word out loud if you are confused about which to use.

Reign vs Rein vs Rain

To "reign" is to be in power, or a period of power. "Rein" comes from a strap to control horses and means to control or guide. "Rain" drops from the sky and gets you wet. The "g" in "reign" stands for government and the "a" is in "rain" because, "A, I'm getting all wet!"

Who's vs Whose

"Who's" is a contraction of "who is" or "who has". "Whose" is the possessive case of "who". Contractions have apostrophes, so remember that "who's" stands for two words.

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