Prophecy or Prophesy?

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Prophecy or Prophesy?

Should I write "prophecy" or "prophesy"?
  • "A prophecy" is knowledge of the future (from a divine source).
    • It was an accurate prophecy.
  • "To prophesy" means to predict the future (with divine inspiration).
    • He will prophesy the future of mankind.
prophecy or prophesy?

Prophecy

The word "prophecy" is a noun. (The last syllable of prophecy is pronounced "sea.") A prophecy is "knowledge of the future," usually said to have come from a divine source.

Example sentences with "prophecy":
  • The prophet has revealed his latest prophecy in which three cities are razed to the ground.
  • On the second day of the course, we will study the prophecies of Nostradamus.
  • ("Prophecies" is the plural of "prophecy.")

Prophesy

The word "prophesy" is a verb. (The last syllable of prophesy is pronounced "sigh.") "To prophesy" means "to predict the future" - usually with divine inspiration.
PersonPersonal PronounConjugation of "To Prophesy"
First Person Singular I prophesy
Second Person Singular you prophesy
Third Person Singular he/she/it prophesies
First Person Plural we prophesy
Second Person Plural you prophesy
Third Person Plural they prophesy
The past tense and the past participle are "prophesied."

Example sentences with "prophesy":
  • He prophesies a great war between East and West.
  • He prophesied that a flood would cover the Earth.
  • (This is an example of "to prophesy" in the past tense.)
Beware


There is no such word as "prophesize" (or "prophesise" ).
  • He will prophesize the future of mankind.
  • (This should be "prophesy.")
  • He often prophesizes for money.
  • (This should be "prophesies.")
Interactive Exercise
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