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Decent or Descent?

Your choice!


Exemple : ‘’I like to think I am a decent person.’’

“Decent” and “descent” can be often confused as although they have completely unrelated meanings they have very similar spellings. “Decent” is an adjective which means something is socially acceptable or alternatively good. It can also be used in the sense that someone could say "I am decent” if they are fully clothed.


Exemple : ‘’During the festival there was a descent of people on the city. ’’

“Descent” is a noun which can relate to a downward movement for example “a descent from a mountain”. It can also relate to a sudden arrival of a large group of people somewhere. Furthermore, it can relate to the origin of someone or something and for example someone could say “I am of English descent”, meaning that their ancestors were English.

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