Articles: English as a Second Language

Bare/Bear
Bare/Bear

Scribendi.com's editors explain the difference between bare and bear.

Capital/Capitol
Capital/Capitol

Scribendi.com's editors explain the difference between capital and capitol.

Affect/Effect
Affect/Effect

Scribendi.com's editors explain the difference between affect and effect.

Compliment vs. Complement: What's the Difference?
Compliment vs. Complement: What's the Difference?

Learn the difference between compliment vs. complement to avoid mixing up these two similar words.

Let's Have Fun With English
Let's Have Fun With English

The English language is a tricky one, which is why our editors offer helpful writing tips about everything from writing a thesis statement to homophones to capitalization. Though learning English is difficult, there can be some humour in some of the language's common usage errors.

Advice/Advise
Advice/Advise

Scribendi.com's editors explain the difference between advice and advise.

Accept/Except
Accept/Except

Scribendi.com's editors explain the difference between accept and except.

The Question Mark: How and When to Use It
The Question Mark: How and When to Use It

The question mark has a very simple function in writing–it indicates a question. If a sentence ends with a question mark, then it is asking a question, just as the name suggests.

An Example Outline
An Example Outline

Writing academic papers is not easy. Sometimes you may have all of the research done, but just can't put pen to paper. If that is the case, you may need to write an outline. This article provides an alphanumeric example outline.

Full Stops: A How-To Guide
Full Stops: A How-To Guide

If you’re North American, you may be wondering what exactly full stops are—here’s a hint, there is one at the end of this sentence. This is the main function of full stops, or periods: marking the end of a sentence.