Edit This Grammar Lesson: Buy, By, Bye
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson, where we'll be talking about the difference between Buy, By, and Bye. These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
Do you find yourself getting confused? Don't worry, here's a quick rundown.
Buy typically refers to when we acquire or purchase something with money. It can also mean to accept or believe, bribe, hire, etc. Related words include bought and buying.
* You can buy those new shoes for $50.
* I don't buy his explanation for hitting his brother.
* I cannot be bought with cheap bribes.
By is used in so many ways in the English language. It can mean near, during, to go past, etc. It also signifies a person who performed an action or the author of something.
* This blog was written by Steve Gamel.
* Don't stand by and allow this crime to happen.
* That truck sped by without slowing down.
Bye is short for goodbye, folks. Also, it refers to when a team or player receives a pass to the next round in a competition.
* Bye, Leslie. Have a great day!
* I hate goodbyes.
* The Eagles earned a bye to the next round.
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