Edit This Grammar Lesson: Gray vs. Grey
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. Today, we'll be talking about the difference between Gray and Grey. Do you find yourself getting tripped up on these?
If you do, you're not alone. And why? Because they're both technically correct – depending on where you live and your audience, of course! The purpose of today's blog post is to explain the difference so that you can be a grammar pro moving forward.
Gray and Grey are both correct spellings of the popular color, though Gray (with an ay at the end) is the more accepted spelling in American English. Meanwhile, Grey is more common in the United Kingdom as well as Ireland, Australia, and other places that use British English.
So, essentially, you have to pay attention to where you live and your audience. If you're writing to someone or for a publication in America, you will use Gray. If not, and the default is British English, then use Grey.
* Gray is such a boring color.
* There's a lot of gray area in this ruling.
* The sky is so gray today.
The only exceptions to the gray vs. grey debate would be proper names, which you must pay attention to and memorize to get them right no matter where you live. Examples include Grey Poupon, Grey Goose, Grey's Anatomy, Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. The same goes for a Greyhound dog.
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