Confusing Words: Versus vs. Verses



meaning against (especially in sports and legal use); as opposed to, in contrast to. (Often abbreviated as vs.) For example:

The rivalry of the Green Monkeys versus the Blue Barracudas has raged for years.
I’m weighing the pros and cons of the white-and-gold dress versus the blue-and-black dress.

Verses and versus do not mean the same thing


meaning a kind of writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme; small sections of the Jewish or Christian Bible; several similar units of a song. For example:

Due to her writer’s block, the poet could only complete a few verses each day.
John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible.
I like this song, but the verses are hard to remember.

For explanations of other confusing word pairs read this blog post about the difference between then and than.

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