Are we talking about the same thing?

It’s remarkable that we Americans communicate with each other as well as we do. Consider accents – Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, the South, Texas, the Midwest – many of us use the same words but say them with a unique enunciation or drawl.

Add to this the fact that so many of our words sound alike, are spelled differently and don’t have the same meaning (homophones). This blog will periodically provide examples of how easy it is to confuse readers when the wrong word is used.

Which of the words in bold is the correct one in the following sentence?

I made the arrangement with the vendor to deliver twelve [basis, bases, basses] in time for tonight’s Serenade After Dark.


If you answered “basses”, you are correct! 
Basis – the fundamental principle/ingredient
Bases – a piece of equipment used in a baseball game; the bottom layer
Basses – a bass voice, singer, or instrument; related to the lowest pitch in harmonic music