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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Heal vs. Heel


Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss heal vs. heel. Do you know the difference between them?


Most people reading this might respond with a resounding "YES!" But heal and heel are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. And they trip more people up than you might think.


Let's dive right in, shall we?

Heal is commonly used to describe health, healing, getting better, repairing an injury, and making someone or something sound or whole.


* You need two months to heal from surgery.

* Your leg is healing nicely.

* Time can heal the pain of grief from this loss.



Heel has several meanings. It most commonly refers to the back part of the foot but can also be used in plural form (heels) when talking about shoes, dress shoes, or boots that are elevated in the back. Heel also describes a nasty, dishonorable, annoying, or evil person. You can also use it as a command for pets.


* He plays the heel character well in that movie.

* John commanded his dog, Skip, to heel.

* My heel hurts from walking barefoot.


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It's fun to tease friends for grammar mistakes or point out errors in other written copy. But any spelling or grammar error in business writing – brochures, website copy, blog posts, press releases, newsletters, etc. – wreaks havoc on your company's image.


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STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.









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