Remember vs Remind

Remember vs Remind

These two words are similar and often confused.  Both words have to do with thinking, and both begin with “r-e-m.”  Here’s how to “remember” the difference: REMEMBER The “mem” in remember refers to “memory.”  To remember is the mental act of recalling or retaining...
EMIGRANT vs IMMIGRANT

EMIGRANT vs IMMIGRANT

EMIGRANT vs IMMIGRANT We hear a lot about “immigrants” but not that much about “emigrants.”  That’s because the difference is so subtle, we mostly only use “immigrants” these days.  But if you’re curious about the difference, read on: When people flee their native...
Compliment vs Complement

Compliment vs Complement

Compliment vs Complement “Wow, you ran a great meeting today!”   Was that a Compliment or a Complement? (It was a compliment.) Spoken, both words sound the same: “KAHM-pluh-munt”  In writing, however, “compliment” has an “i” in the middle, and complement has an “e.”...
Are vs Our

Are vs Our

Are vs Our Have you ever wondered why native English speakers say the word “our” as if it were “are”?  Many non-native English speakers are taught to pronounce the word OUR as a 2-syllable word, pronounced like “OW-er” (or “hour”).  Native speakers know that saying...
People Are Plural 

People Are Plural 

Many non-native English speakers wonder, is it “people is” or “people are”? The Answer: It’s “people ARE.” Part of the confusion might be because the pronouns “everybody” and “everyone” take “is”.  So, since “everybody” is considered singular, you would think “people”...