What is Dependent?

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ビデオで話している英語内容!Dependent with an ‘e’ or dependant with an ‘a’. Is there a difference? Well, with British English dependant with an ‘a’ means a person who relies on another. For example: She’s a single woman with no dependants. In other words, she’s a single woman with no one relying on her. Such as children or ageing parents. One way to remember this spelling is to remember that a dependant is ‘a’ person, so we need the ‘a’ spelling. In contrast, dependent with an ‘e’ is an adjective or describing word meaning ‘relying on’. For example: “Children are dependent on their parents for their basic needs.” In other words, children rely on their parents for their basic needs. One way to remember this spelling is to remember that
dependent with an ‘e’ is a describing word meaning reliant or relying on. Just remember those ‘e’s. Now, if you’re writing for US readers, I’ve got some good news for you. You only need to remember dependent with an ‘e’, because it covers both meanings. Increasingly too, in British English, they’re being used interchangeably. But, if you’re writing for careful readers, you’d be wise to observe the difference between dependent with an ‘e’ and dependant with an ‘a’. I’m Dr Clare Lynch of Doris and Bertie. Subscribe to the channel for more quick writing tips.

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