Main Seperate or Separate Takeaways:
- Separate—with an “a” in the middle—is the correct spelling.
- Seperate—with an “e” in the middle— is a common misspelling of separate.
- Separate can be an adjective, a verb, or a noun.
- Separate synonyms include unconnected, unrelated, split up, break up, divide, and detached.
- You can use a mnemonic device like PAR, which means pair or match in Latin. PAR also separates the “SE” from the “RATE.”
- Other related words like separated, separating, and separately are also commonly misspelled.
Understanding the proper way to spell commonly misspelled words is essential. Brush up on your grammar, and you’ll get an edge up on the competition. Plus, you’ll look pretty smart, and that never hurts.
Let’s look at the correct word to use and some examples of how to use separate in a sentence.
Is it Seperate or Separate?
The answer is separate. Seperate is not a word. Instead, it’s a common way people misspell separate. Separate is always the correct spelling. It can be a noun, verb, or an adjective. When it’s a verb, it means to divide, distinguish, or set apart. The one-letter difference between seperate and separate makes it easy to slip up and use the wrong form.
What Does it Mean to Separate?
As a verb, separate means to divide or split up. When you move two things away from one another, you are separating them. When separate is a verb, you should pronounce all three syllables clearly, as in sep-ar-ATE. As an adjective, it means something that is apart from something else. As a noun, it usually refers to an outfit made of two individual articles of clothing that you can wear together or mix with other clothing. When separate acts as an adjective or noun, you usually pronounce the word as if it were only two syllables. For example, you’d say something that sounds like “SEP-rat.”
What is a Synonym for Separate?
If you don’t want to use separate in a sentence, you can use one of a number of separate synonyms. Words like distinct, independent, move apart, and break up may all work, depending on the meaning of your overall sentence.
If you’re looking for a synonym for separate to use as an adjective, try:
If you’re looking for a synonym for separate to use as a verb, try:
- Split up
- Break up
- Move apart
What about matching pieces of clothes? When looking for a synonym for separate to use as a fashionable noun, try:
This one is a little trickier. Depending on the context, some synonyms will work better than others.
How to Remember Seperate vs. Separate
Using a mnemonic device can help you remember which spelling of separate or seperate is correct.
Since music mnemonics work best for me, I wanted to share some song lyrics that help me remember the meaning and correct spelling of separate.
In the ’90s-classic Offspring song “Come Out and Play,” they say:
Take him out
You gotta keep ’em separated
Hey – man you disrespecting me?
Take him out
You gotta keep ’em separated
When it comes to seperate and separate, you’ve got to “keep ‘em separated” because only one is correct! If you’re an Offspring fan, you’ll give the band an A+ for talent, so you know that the correct spelling is sepArate.
One popular mnemonic for separate vs. seperate is to remember the correct version has PAR in the middle.
This three letter word also provides a nice visual cue. For example, the PAR in the middle separates the “SE” from the “RATE.”
To go a step further, a little Latin helps give this one some additional context.
In fact, the word separate comes from Latin. The PAR in the middle is Latin for pair or match. If you associate the PAR in separate with pair, it matches up nicely with how separate often refers to the relationship between two things.
If you like to golf, this mnemonic will be easy to remember!
Common Misspellings of Separate
In addition to misspelling separate as seperate, many often misspell words related to separate. These include:
Once you have a mnemonic or two under your belt, it will be easier to remember seperate vs. separate. That’s yet another grammar concept mastered. Congrats!
Let’s Test Your Mastery of Seperate vs. Separate
Seperate or Separate Question #1
The answer is FALSE.” Seperate”—with an “e” in the middle— is a common misspelling of separate.
Separate Question #2
The answer is B. “Separate” can be an adjective, a verb, or a noun.
Separate Question #3
The answer is C. “Move apart” is a synonym for using separate as a verb.
Seperate vs. Separate Question #4
The answer is B. Use a mnemonic device like PAR, which means pair or match in Latin. PAR also separates the “SE” from “RATE.”