Wondering which phrase to use, 'in process' or 'in progress'? And what is the difference between the two? We’ll answer that in detail below, plus teach you the meaning and how to use both in a sentence correctly.
We just learned that ‘in process’ and ‘in progress’ mean pretty much the same thing. However, ‘in progress’ is the more common phrase.
The phrases are used to describe work or a task that’s not completed yet but is currently on the way to completion.
Both phrases are used to mean the cost of unfinished goods for a business. They refer to a task or project getting closer to a state of completion.
They're two phrases that sound similar but not quite the same and mean the same thing. That means they're not considered homophones.
Now that you know there’s no real difference between the phrases (other than the preference of use), let’s look at what they mean in more depth.
According to Merriam-Webster, the phrase ‘in progress’ means a project that’s not finished yet.
The definition of ‘in process’ works in any of the stages it goes through to get to the finished product.
Wondering how to pronounce these phrases? Here’s a short guide.
Since you know what both phrases mean and how to pronounce them, we can move on to seeing some examples of how to use them both in a sentence. We’ll start with ‘in process.’
Remember, you can always use these phrases interchangeably since they mean the same thing.
To recap, we learned that both phrases mean the same thing, although the more common and preferred phase is ‘in progress.’ Therefore, you should aim to use that one. Use the above sentences as a guide while you write your own.
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