This 5 Minute Grammar lesson is dedicated to my friend, Jessica, who asked me to add it to the list. Honestly, I had to look up these two words, because I didn’t know how to explain the difference. So here goes:
DISCRETE means separate or distinct. When you’re trying to point out differences in particular groups, use DISCRETE. Discrete components, discrete food groups, discrete values.
DISCREET, on the other hand, means prudent, circumspect, sneaky-ish.
So, if you’re trying to ask a person to be careful not to spoil a surprise, use the word DISCREET. A discreet affair, a discreet area for a nursing mother, a discreet internet cafe.
One way to remember the difference is to think about how the T in Discrete separates the two Es, into separate parts. Got it?
And when all else fails, google is really smart! 🙂
And that’s your 5 Minute Grammar lesson. Enjoy the weekend. Do you have topic you’d like me to cover? Please share.