Word Choice: Refute, Rebut or Rebuke?

‘Refute’, ‘rebut’ and ‘rebuke’ all look similar on the page. In addition, they’re all verbs that describe things you might want to do to someone you disagree with. It’s no surprise, th...

Word Choice: Lose vs. Loose

One ‘o’ or two? It makes all the difference with ‘lose’ and ‘loose’, which also sound similar when spoken. But what exactly is the difference? And how do you use these words correctly? In ...

6 Common Preposition Errors

Prepositions are tricky words, especially if you speak English as a second language. They’re common and mostly very short (e.g. ‘at’ or ‘on’), so they’re easy to mix up. Many have several ...

Sexist and Gendered Language in Essays

It was once, as James Brown sang, a man’s world. But things have changed. Women have fought against traditional ideas of gender and taken their rightful place in politics, academia, business and man...

Word Choice: Between vs. Among

‘Between’ and ‘among’ are distinct terms. They are, however, both used when describing choices or relationships, which might be why some people use them interchangeably. Perhaps it’s their c...

Word Choice: Every Day vs. Everyday

In speech, most people would struggle to tell the difference between ‘every day’ and ‘everyday’. But these terms each have specific meanings, so on paper you need to make sure that you use the...

6 Overused Words (And What to Say Instead)

You don’t want to sound like everyone else, do you? In that case, you need to pick your words carefully. This is especially true for essays, as certain terms are overused all the time in academic wr...

Word Choice: If vs. Whether

Word are tricky things. Take ‘if’ and ‘whether’, for example. Sometimes these terms are interchangeable. As such, you can use either word in these cases without worrying which is ‘correct’...

Word Choice: Can, May or Could?

For today’s blog post, we’re putting on our best suit and tie. That’s because we’re dealing with some formal English: specifically, the differences between ‘can’, ‘may’ and ‘could’...

Know Your Prepositions! (As, At and By)

Picking the right preposition can be tricky. After all, there are so many to choose from! But prepositions can make a big difference to the meaning of a sentence, so it’s important to know how these...