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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