This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

Recent­ly, some­one asked me to explain dif­fer­ence between the words coarse and course. Here’s the dif­fer­ence between the two.


Coarse is an adjec­tive that means rough or abra­sive.

  • Have you felt how coarse 60 grit sand­pa­per is?
  • I slept poor­ly last night; that blan­ket you gave me was so coarse.


Course, on the oth­er hand, is a noun that has sev­er­al mean­ings.

  • They had an 8-course meal at that fan­cy ban­quet.
  • Cap­tain, we have divert­ed twelve degrees off course.
  • Have you tak­en that advanced biol­o­gy course yet?

Course can also be a verb, mean­ing to move unob­struct­ed:

  • The riv­er coursed through the val­ley.

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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