This is part of the difference between series.

I’ve heard some people confusing the words residence and residents. Here’s the difference between the two.


Residence typically refers to a place where someone lives (a home, apartment, dorm, etc).

They have a winter residence in Arizona.


Residents typically refers to people who live in a residence.

Over 1,000 residents live in my neighbourhood.


In other words, residence is where one lives, and residents are who live there.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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