Non-native English speakers often have difficulties in choosing between two different prepositions, articles, or other parts of speech. In this series of blog posts, we aim to help making the right decisions.

Whether vs. Wether

Wether is typically a misspelling of whether. The word whether means “if,” and wether is a castrated ram. Although the spelling is different, the pronunciations are the same.

Invoke vs. Evoke

Do invoke and evoke mean the same thing? Although similar with a slight overlap in meaning, invoke and evoke are two different words that are used in different context.

Til vs. Till

Till is actually an older version of the word until. Hence, the rumor that till came from until is false. The two synonyms, until and till, can be used interchangeably, as they have the same meaning.

Cheque vs. Check

Have you ever wondering what the difference between a "cheque" and "check" was? Cheque is the British English spelling of a written order for an amount of money, and Check is the American English spelling of a written order for an amount of money.

Verbiage vs. Verbage

Do you know the difference between verbiage and verbage? In terms of spelling, there is an i in the former while the latter lacks an i. But what is the difference in meaning?

Offence vs. Offense

Is the correct spelling offence with a "C" or offense with an "S"? In British English, offence is the correct spelling. Meanwhile, in American English, offense with an S is the only correct spelling.

Whilst vs. While

Whilst or while? Which is the correct spelling? Actually, both whilst and while are correct spellings. The meaning of the two words are the same when used as conjunctions or adverbs.

Inbetween vs. In Between

Is the correct spelling inbetween or in between? The only correct spelling among the two is in between with a space.

Paid vs. Payed

Paid or payed? At first glance, payed may look like an incorrect version of paid. However, the two words are both existing words that are used differently.