Category Archives: Word Choice
Word Choice: That vs. Which

Mix ups over when to use ‘that’ and ‘which’ are common, especially among those for whom English is an additional language. But there’s also a difference between Australian English and Americ...

4 June 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Extent vs. Extend

In our ‘Word Choice’ posts, we typically focus on homophones (i.e. words that sound similar but have different uses). But today, we’re looking at two connected words that are sometimes confused:...

26 April 2017 | 0 comments



Idiom Corner: Free Rein or Free Reign?

Today in Idiom Corner, we’re looking at a common expression: ‘free rein’. Or should that be spelled ‘free reign’? In short, no: ‘free rein’ is the original and correct term here. Neverth...

24 April 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Assume vs. Presume

‘Assume’ and ‘presume’ are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. So although both are related to the word ‘suppose’, it’s important to understand when to use each ...

24 April 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Historical vs. Historic

‘History’ is a relatively simple word used to refer to the past. It is also an academic subject. But with the adjectival forms of ‘history’ (‘historical’ and ‘historic’), things get co...

13 April 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Into vs. In To

In spoken English, it’s common to pronounce ‘into’ and ‘in to’ in the same way. This can make it difficult to understand the difference when using them in writing. Although this isn’t the ...

23 March 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Premier vs. Premiere

Words with similar spellings and pronunciations, like ‘premier’ and ‘premiere’, can be confusing. So here at Proofread My Document, we do our best to help you get things right. Premier (First ...

22 February 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Tortuous vs. Torturous

Dating back to a time when tunics were in fashion, ‘tortuous’ and ‘torturous’ both come from the Latin word torquēre. Due to their spellings and pronunciation being close to identical, these ...

23 February 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Compliment vs. Complement

Even native English speakers get ‘compliment’ and ‘complement’ confused. And since they’re only separated by one letter and sound identical, that’s probably no surprise! But each of these ...

26 January 2017 | 0 comments



Common Mistakes: Ironic and Literally

There are few words in English as widely misused as ‘ironic’ and ‘literally’. But when you’re writing an essay, accuracy is vital. So we’ve prepared this (pedantic) guide about what these ...

16 January 2017 | 0 comments



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