Stuff Vs. Staff

I’ve seen this mistake in one of the Instagram posts of one Language learner.

Let’s talk about STAFF and STUFF in order not to make more mistakes using these words.

STAFF

………………. ………. STAFF ………. ………………..

STAFF – all the workers employed in an organization = personnel.

SP: personal, empleados; FR: personnel; employé; RU: персонал.

Mary joined the teaching STAFF last year.

 

In British English, STAFF can be used with verbs in SINGULAR or PLURAL:

The staff in this store wears a blue uniform.

The company staff have complained about top managers.

 

In American English, STAFF is only singluar.

 

STUFF

………………. ………. STUFF ………. ………………..

STUFF – a variety of things.

SP: cosas; FR: choses; RU: вещи.

Where’s a

It’s always singular.

 

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PRONUNCIATION

The main vowel in STAFF is a long A.

The main vowel in STUFF is a short A.

 

 

HOW TO MEMORISE?

You can think of these collocations when you start doubting: the adjectives start with the main vowels of these nouns:

A – Angry stAff

U – Useful stUff

Make your own sentences with STAFF and STUFF to memorize them better.

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