Grammar Tip: Easier vs Easily

By | Aug 26, 2009

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Proofreading is an essential skill for all administrative support personnel.  In addition to spelling and typos, you also need to be looking for proper word usage.  In a previous post, I talked about confusing the words Prospective and Perspective.  Today I have another pair of words that I often find misused.

Easier vs. Easily

I must admit to using these two incorrectly on occasion in every day speech, many of us do.  However, in writing, especially professional and business writing, these two words should never be used interchangeably.


The word “easier” is an adjective and should be used to modify a noun.  For example:

  • The easier route is A.
  • This route is easier.

In both examples, the word “easier” is used to modify the noun “route”.


The word “easily” is an adverb.  Adverbs are used to modify verbs and sometimes adjectives.  For example:

  • This cake is easily prepared.
  • This cake is prepared more easily than the other cake.

In both examples, the word “easily” is modifying the verb “prepared”.

Remember, when you are proofreading documents, you need to not only look for typos and misspellings, but also correct word usage.  So don’t get these two words confused when writing and proofreading documents, and next time you hear something like “Proofread my essay” from a friend – do it.

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4 Comments so far
  1. Lisa Hansen (2 comments) August 26, 2009 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your post today. Very clear and helpful.

  2. Kayla@adminsecret (2 comments) August 27, 2009 4:43 pm

    Yay Jodith!! I am so glad you are writing again! I’ve been keeping an eye on your blog for new stuff and am so excited to see your great posts. Keep up the good work!!

  3. Jodith (189 comments) August 27, 2009 5:59 pm

    Thanks, Kayla. I’m really happy to be back. I miss my blog when I don’t have time to keep up with it. Hopefully, now that I’m working from home, I’ll have more time to work on it.

  4. Kayla@adminsecret (2 comments) August 28, 2009 10:08 am


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