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Use the word hangar to describe a structure used to house or a repair an aircraft. Think of it as a hangout for your Learjet.

If you need to hang up a shirt, you’ll want to use the word hanger (a device used for hanging clothing). If you want to park your jet plane, the word hangar is more appropriate. The two words are homophones, which means they’re pronounced the same way but have different spellings and meanings.

Choose your words

Caught between words? Learn how to make the right choice.

elusive/ illusive

An elusive fairy is one you can't catch, but an illusive one was never really there at all. It was just an illusion!

pore/ pour

A pore is small opening in a surface that lets stuff through. To pour, on the other hand, means to flow continuously and rapidly.

precede/ proceed

These two words have similar sounds. They also have similar definitions, encompassing an idea of forward movement. This leads to some confusion.

bare/ bear

Bare means naked, but to bear is to carry something. A bear is also a brown furry animal, but most people keep that one straight. read more...

than/ then

Than compares things, but then is all about time. They sound similar and were even spelled the same until the 1700s. Not anymore! Vive la difference! read more...

mean/ median/ average

Wordsmiths sometimes dislike numbers, or at least have a hard time grasping them. These words offer us an opportunity to better understand numbers and use their terms more precisely in writing and speaking. read more...

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