Commonly confused words
Affect vs. Effect
Two of the easiest words in the English language to mix up, learn the difference between Affect and Effect, when each should be used and more.
Its vs. It's
In what context do you use its vs. it's? Learn what each determiner means, when to use them and how to remember their rules for next time.
Who vs. Whom
Who is there? Whom are you looking for? Master the delicate grammatical intricacies of when to use Who and Whom and you'll be the talk of the town.
Then vs. Than
Did you know, then and than mean two completely different things? Check out our post on the two seemingly related words to learn their true meanings.
I.e. vs. E.g.
The abbreviations i.e. and e.g. are two of the most mistakenly-used words in the writing world. But once you understand their meanings, it’ll be a no-brainer.
Further vs. Farther
Knowing the difference between “further” and “farther” can really showoff your grammar skills. Both words refer to distance, but not in the same way.
Lay vs. Lie
Lie, lay, laid, lain—I think I need to go lie down. Don’t stress. These four forms all refer to the same idea. As always, context will point the way.
Insure vs. Ensure
Lots of folks use “insure,” “ensure,” and “assure” interchangeably. However, there’s no situation in which they could mean exactly the same thing.
Whose vs. Who's
Don’t panic. “Whose” and “who’s” are much easier to differentiate than “who” and “whom.” Read on for the easy way to identify the correct word.