I love this grammar riddle because it was late in life when I learned the difference between prophecy and prophesy. This difference exists for British and American English.
On July 25, I asked "fans" where their red pens guided them when they read this sentence. The first response to the Facebook post indicated that the difference between the two isn't commonly known.
The red pen should have guided them to the "s" in "prophesy." Why?
The short and sweet answer is that "prophesy" is the VERB and "prophecy" is the NOUN. They sound different, too. Prophesy ends with the sound "sigh," and prophecy ends with a "see" sound.
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