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Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

fall, autumn

Fall is the general word and autumn more formal, but both are correct. The names of the seasons are not capitalized.

  • We bicycled though the fall colours and stopped at a fall fair in Old Chelsea.
  • Bliss Carman’s famous poem “A Vagabond Song” begins, “There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—.”