You might’ve seen both ‘fiber’ and ‘fibre’ in your everyday life. But which one is correct? And what’s the difference between them? We’ll go over that in detail in this article, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence.
In short, the difference between these words is:
Since the words are only appropriate for certain audiences, that means you shouldn’t use them interchangeably (unless your audience changes).
As you just learned, ‘fiber’ is the American English spelling of the word, and ‘fibre’ is the British English spelling of the word.
You’d typically see the former in the U.S. and the latter outside the U.S. in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
There’s no difference in meaning, just spelling, which means they don’t qualify as homophones.
You might be wondering which one is correct to use in your writing. Well, it depends on where you’re living or what audience you’re writing for.
If you’re writing for an American audience, you will use ‘fiber.’
If you’re writing for an audience outside of America, you will use ‘fibre.’
To define the word, let’s look at Merriam-Webster’s definition, which is a thread or something similar to a thread (as in a fiber of grass).
It could also mean material made of fibers or an element that gives something texture or substance.
However, it’s also used to refer to the essential structure or character of someone (i.e., the fiber of a person’s being).
Unsure of how to pronounce these words? Here’s a short guide.
Now that you know what the words mean and how to pronounce them, let’s see some examples of how to use them in a sentence correctly.
To recap, we learned that the difference between these words is:
These words cannot be used interchangeably unless your audience changes. Then, they can be swapped out for one another.
If you ever get stuck on usage or meaning, don’t be afraid to come back for a quick refresher. We’ve also got a ton of other content on other confusing words and phrases people often have trouble with when learning the language. Go check it out anytime.
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