*Magnify*
<<     January     ►
SMTWTFS
   
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Archive RSS
SPONSORED LINKS
Get it for
Apple iOS.
Creative fun in
the palm of your hand.
Printed from https://www.Writing.Com/view/890221
Rated: 13+ · Book · Writing · #890221
A library featuring commonly committed errors of the English language.
#408347 added February 15, 2007 at 1:00pm
Restrictions: None
Prophecy vs. Prophesy
Prophecy is a noun, and it refers to a prediction. Prophesy, on the other hand, is a verb that means “to make a prophecy,” or, more simply, “to predict.” However, these words are usually applied to a profound prediction, often based – or purportedly based – on supernatural revelation. The words come from “prophet,” after all.

They look like they may be homophones, but they’re not. The first two syllables for each word are the same, pronounced like “prophet” without the T, but the last syllable of prophecy is pronounced “see” and the last syllable of prophesy is pronounced “sigh.”

Examples:

*Bullet* The prophecy has been fulfilled!
*Bullet* What can you prophesy about my future?
*Bullet* Nostradamus wrote many vague prophecies in the 16th century.
*Bullet* “I’ll live to regret this,” I prophesied.
© Copyright 2007 Davy Kraken (UN: kraken at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.
Davy Kraken has granted Writing.Com, its affiliates and its syndicates non-exclusive rights to display this work.
Log in to Leave Feedback
Username:
Password:
Not a Member?
Signup right now, for free!
All accounts include:
*Bullet* FREE Email @Writing.Com!
*Bullet* FREE Portfolio Services!
Printed from https://www.Writing.Com/view/890221