Commonly Confused Words: Discrete vs. Discreet

Homophones make any language difficult to learn. English is no exception. Here's a good example.


These two words sound exactly the same. They have exactly the same letters. And yet, their definitions couldn't be any more different.

So how do you keep them straight?

Just remember where the T is!

In discrete, the T separates the Es, ergo discrete means detached or separate.

In discreet, the T appears at the end and draws less attention to itself, ergo discreet means unobtrusive and restrained.

I know this is a little hokey, but it really does help me keep them straight in my head. I hope that it helps you too!

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