instance and instants - the difference

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
An instance is an example.
An instant is moment of time.


The noun instance means an occurrence or an example.

  • This is another instance of Mark's poor behaviour.
  • Take a look at his latest project for instance.


The word instants is the plural of instant, which means a moment of time.

  • The light bulb lasted no longer than a few instants.
  • A couple of instants after the lightning, a deafening thunder roared above our heads.
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