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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Roll Vs. Role

Updated: Jul 18, 2019



Don't you love the English language? Just when you think you've got it all figured out, and you're churning out amazing, error-free content that clients are engaged in, you come across a word or two that make you stop and think twice about your grammar skills.


That happened to one of our clients this week as they were deciding between Roll and Role in their advertising copy. Do you know the difference?


These prominent homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings, are the topic of today's Edit This® Grammar Lesson.


Roll can be used in a variety of ways, including referring to movement or when someone or something turns over and over on itself. It can also refer to a delicious food item we all love so much, and a document that includes a list of members of a group or class.


* Two men jumped off the train and began rolling down the hill.

* The teacher calls roll at the beginning of every class.

* Leslie had a dinner roll with her fried chicken.

* Steve rolled his eyes at Christian's corny joke.


The usage of Role in a sentence is more straightforward, as it refers to a part in a play or movie. It can also be used in relation to someone's job on a team, work, or in society.


* Jackson doesn't have as big of a role on this year's team.

* Tom Hanks is known for his role as Forrest Gump.

* Jake was given the starring role in the school play.

* His promotion includes a bigger role in the company.


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Thanks for reading this week's grammar lesson on Roll vs. Role!


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*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, LLC, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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