Aid vs Aide - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
Due to the similar spelling and pronunciation of these two words, they are often confused in the English language. Let's take a closer look. The word "aid", spelled A-I-D, refers to something that helps. That could be your teaching aids in the classroom, or medical aid, like the first-aid-kit and so on. Let?s look at an example sentence: You need to talk a little louder to grandpa because he forgot his hearing aid. Note that "aid" can also be used as a verb meaning ?to help?, such as in this example: Drinking a lot of water aids digestion. "Aide" spelled with an "E" at the end, however, refers to a living helper or an assistant, for example: My brother finally came home after working as a volunteer aide in Africa for six months. So remember, while both words refer to the act of helping, "aid" spelled A-I-D always refers to a thing, while "aide" with an "E" at the end always refers to a person. That's it for today. See you next time!
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