Usage Tips

This is where we explain commonly confusing word pairs and groups. With the help of brief and succinct explanations, we help you deal with the intricate differences in Word Usage in the English Language.

What is this section about?

Usage differences can be painful as well as challenging. Sample this: What is the difference between continual and continuous? Or for that matter, when to use abjure or when to use adjure? Or when you should one use who and when should one use whom? Do these problems bother you? Do they confuse you? In case you are perplexed by these problems, you can breathe a sigh of relief. We help you with your grammar and usage issues. We use our extensive databank of usage tips to supply some of the most useful ones to our users.


How to use this section?

  • We have listed usage tips alphabetically in this section and tried to cover as many as possible. Click the tab of each letter to discover tips related to it.
  • We recommend you to explore 3 to 5 tips on a daily basis and ensure you follow them regularly.
  • In order to draw maximum benefit from this section, it is important that you work with these words and use them as extensively as possible. Once you start to use them, you will be able to remember the subtle differences between these words. Also, you can use mnemonics and tricks to learn these differences.


Paddock & Padlock
Pail & Pale
Pain & Pane
Pair, Pare & Pear
Pairing & Paring
Palate, Palette & Pallet
Pall & Pawl
Parameter & Perimeter
Pariah & Piranha
Parlay & Parley
Passé & Posse
Pastor & Pasture
Pathetic & Prophetic
Pawing & Pawning
Peak, Peek & Pique
Peal & Peel
Pedal & Peddle
Pedant, Pendent & Pundit
Peer & Pier
Penance & Pennants
Percent, Percentage & Percentile
Perfect & Prefect
Perpetual & Perpetuity
Perplex & Puzzle
Perquisite, Prerequisite, Requisite
Persecute & Prosecute
Personal & Personnel
Perspective, Prospective & Prospectus
Perspicacious & Perspicuous
Peruse & Pursue
Petrify, Putrefy & Purify
Phenomenon, Phenomena & Phenomenal
Pidgin & Pigeon
Piteous, Pitiable & Pitiful
Plait, Plate & Pleat
Plebeian & Proletarian
Plum & Plumb
Pommel & Pummel
Populace, Populous, Population & Populist
Poring & Pouring
Portion & Potion
Practicable & Practical
Praise & Prays
Pray & Prey
Precede, Proceed & Proceeds
Precedence & Precedents
Precedent & President
Precipice, Precipitate, & Precipitous
Preclude & Prelude
Predicate, Predict & Predictive
Premier, Première & Premiere
Premise & Surmise
Prescribe & Proscribe
Prescribed & Required
Presence & Presents
Presumably & Supposedly
Pretend, Portend, Portent,& Potent
Prevent & Hinder
Preview, Purview, & Purvey
Pride & Pried
Prier & Prior
Pries & Prize
Principal & Principle
Prodigal & Profligate
Prodigy & Progeny
Profit & Prophet
Program & Pogrom
Prophecy & Prophesy
Propose & Purpose
Pros & Prose
Prosperity & Posterity
Prostate & Prostrate
Protean & Protein
Providence & Province
Prude & Prudent
Pupil, Student, & Scholar
Puttee & Putty


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