Three single syllable words that sound exactly alike, such excellent candidates for #HomonymsHurtYourWriting and by chance #TyposHurtYourWriting; multiple opportunities to provide a less than smooth ride for your reader.
1st is Buy, it means to purchase something. Simple enough, unless your finger misses the key for “u”. Your spellchecker won’t catch that, it sees a correct word; will you?
2nd is By, you may have just typed that but meant to type Buy. By is a preposition, a part of speech that helps direct action: “She went by the fence as she walked down the road.”
3rd is Bye, an abbreviation for goodbye. It can also be an acronym for Before Year End. There are other meanings also; in sports or competitions, it means a competitor is advanced to the next round without having to participate in the present round.
The English language is so much fun, we are having fun aren’t we?
There we are, three little words that can give you and your readers hiccups.
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