A part refers to the union of something. Volunteering at the hospital has become a part of her routine. Apart refers to a separation in place, position, or time. He was standing a bit apart from the rest of us, watching us.
A lot is always two words. He does a lot of travelling in his job. Allot means to give something, especially a share of something available, for a particular purpose. The museum is planning to increase the amount of space allotted to modern art.
À la mode refers to being served with ice cream. Finish the meal with chocolate cake à la mode. Alamode refers to a thin silk usually found in scarfs and hoods. She complemented her winter outfit with a black alamode scarf.
Zeal refers to a keen interest in pursuing something. They were filled with zeal to see their favorite band perform. Zest refers to keen enjoyment, quality, or flavor. His zest for life will be missed by all. Having many singers on stage adds zest to the play. The wine may contain a dash of pepper […]
Young means immature or not advanced in age. She is looking after his two young children, ages 2 and 4. Youthful means having attractive qualities of youth. Her youthful exuberance keeps everyone on their toes.
Yore is an old word meaning time long past. The days of yore were filled with many courageous heroes. Your is the possessive form of you. The application form is on your desk. You’re is a contraction of you are. If you’re interested, they post new job listings every Sunday.
Yoke is a crosspiece holding two things together. The ox with the plow has a wooden yoke around its neck. Yolk is the yellow part of an egg. The yolk of the egg contains most of the protein.
Yay or yea means yes in an oral vote, hurrah, or to this extent. All those in favor of the change, please say yea. Yay! We finally beat the competition. He caught a large catfish about yea big. Yeah means yes in casual speech or writing. Yeah, I’d love to join the school’s debating team.
Wreath refers to flowers or other things intertwined into a circle. Pat and Russ chose a holiday wreath for the centerpiece. Wreathe means to proceed on a repeatedly curving course. The smoke continues to wreathe upward through the trees.
Wreak means to cause something, almost always trouble. Unexpected expenses wreak havoc on the department budget. Wreck means to destroy something. Unexpected expenses wrecked our organization’s budget.