Currant or Current?

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Currant or Current?

"Currant" and "current" are easy to confuse because they sound so similar (i.e., they are nearly homonyms).
  • "Currant" is a small, dried, dark red, seedless grapes (like a raisin).
    • I love scones with currants.
  • "Current" is a flow of water, air, or electricity.
    • The current is dangerous when the tide is running.
  • "Current" means happening in the present.
    • Give me an update on the current situation.
currant or current?


The noun "currant" refers to a dried, dark red, seedless grapes. The name currant comes from the ancient city of Corinth. Currants are also known as Zante currants, Corinth raisins, or Corinthian raisins.

Example sentences with "currant":
  • The currant is one of the oldest known raisins.
  • Currants are often used in scones, currant buns, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, and mincemeat.


As a noun, "a current" is a flow of water, air, or electricity that moves in a definite direction, usually in a swift manner. As an adjective, "current" means happening in the present or in general use. (The adverb form is "currently.")

The adjective "current" is often seen in the following phrases:
  • current affairs
  • current events
  • current debt
  • current gain
Example sentences with "current":
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. (US President Thomas Jefferson)
  • (Here, "current" describes a flow of water.)
  • We - the current generation - have a moral responsibility to make the world better for future generations. (Philanthropist Priscilla Chan)
  • (Here, "current" means present.)
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See Also

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