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Quite a simple one tonight, but important to remember. The word stationery is to do with paper, pens, envelopes, etc., and if something is stationary it is not moving. Bernard C. Lamb in his book The Queen’s English, explains an easy way to remember the difference as follows:
- Stationary – “all the ‘a’s in Ma’s car was stationary“
- Stationery – “all the ‘e’s in The envelopes were stationery”
If that doesn’t work for you, try reading the tip on the grammar-monster.com site by following the link http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/stationary_stationery.htm. This gives you some sentences with each word in. It also mentions again that the way to remember how to spell stationery is to remember that envelope has an ‘e’.
My thoughts: if all else fails, I’ll remember the ‘a‘ in car for stationary and the ‘e‘ in envelopes for stationery. Just don’t think of paper because that has an ‘a’ and an ‘e’ and will really throw you!
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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK
grammar-monster.com website – link http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/stationary_stationery.htm