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4 Tips to help you remember which word is the noun and which is the verb
Advice and Advise

- Advice is the noun and so is the word "ice". They are both things, so they are nouns.
- Therefore, advise is the verb.

- The advice (n) he gave me was very helpful.
- Please advise (v) me when I have an upcoming lesson.


Backup and Back Up

- Buckup is a compound noun (one word)
- Back up is a phrasal verb (a prepositional verb)

- Keep the backup (n) of your files in a safe place.
- I should back up (v) your computer files on a regular basis.


NOTE: The next two entries are not nouns nor verbs

Farther and Further

- The word farther usually describes distances, so remember FARther.
- Further describes quantity or degrees.

- We don't have much farther to drive and we'll be home soon.
- I don't want to upset you any further, so I'll stop complaining.


Than and Then

- Than is used to compare one thing to another thing. So, thAN means "ANother"
- Then is used with respect to time. So, thEn reminds us of the word "timE"

- I prefer to eat fish rather thAN beef.
- First I wrote the email, thEn I clicked on the send button.


Do you have any tricks or tips for remembering how to spell certain words?
Jun 17, 2020 4:29 PM
Comments · 22
One of the most common misspellings in English is the word separate.

The spelling is the same whether it's an adjective or a verb, but the pronunciation is different:

/ˈsep(ə)rət/ : adjective
/ˈsepəreɪt/ : verb

In both the adjective and the verb, the middle syllable is a <em>schwa</em> /ə/ : a very weak 'uh' sound. In fact, in its adjective form, we often lose the second syllable entirely: many of us pronounce the adjective as "sep'rut".

But whether or not you pronounce the middle syllable, you do have to write it. And that's where the problem comes. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing whether that middle syllable is written with an 'a' or an 'e': both of these letters sound exactly the same when in unstressed syllables. In fact, a very large proportion of native speakers misspell this word as 'seperate': you'll see this mistake time and time again.

But here's a handy tip to help you remember how to spell this tricky word:

When you separate things you pull them apart.

If you remember that the word apart is the second part of the word separate, you'll never misspell it again.

June 17, 2020

Thanks for the bump :)

Farther means that there is more distance to travel:
e.g., We have ten more kilometres to travel to reach our destination.

Beyond means "past this point" and we usually say or write something to compare the distance between two points:
- The lake is beyond the mountain.

on, at, or to the farther side of:
- Beyond those trees you'll find his house.

farther on than; more distant than:
- beyond the horizon; beyond the sea.

Beyond has some other usages:

outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past:
- beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.

superior to; surpassing; above:
- wise beyond all others.

more than; in excess of; over and above:
- to stay beyond one's welcome.

I hope my simple explanation is helpful.

July 16, 2020
Thanks Sir it's so helpful for me 🙏
I'm so interested to use tips
June 18, 2020
La Liseuse...

Your explanations are always so clear - so easy to understand... thank you.
Every time you explain something, we all learn.

And your tip is helpful.

How about "sep a rate" (even though sep is not a word), or
"Let's separate the two As with the letter r"

Does it look like I'm grasping at straws.. :)

June 17, 2020
Thank you, Richard!
June 17, 2020
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