Stationary or Stationery?

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Stationary or Stationery?

What is the difference between "stationary" and "stationery"?
  • "Stationary" means "not moving."
  • "Stationery" is writing or office supplies (e.g., paper, pens).
stationary or stationery?

More about "Stationary" and "Stationery"

The words "stationary" and "stationery" sound almost identical, but they are very different in meaning.

Stationary

The word "stationary" means "not moving" or "still." (It can be used as an adjective or an adverb.)

Examples:
  • We had to wait patiently in a stationary position for the school shop to open.
  • ("Stationary" is an adjective in this example.)
  • We had to wait stationary for the school shop to open.
  • ("Stationary" is an adverb in this example.)
  • The hostages were ordered to remain stationary.

Stationery

The word "stationery" (with an "e") means writing and office supplies (e.g., writing paper, envelopes, pens). (It can be used as an adjective or a noun.)

Examples:
  • The office junior is in charge of ordering our stationery.
  • ("Stationery" is a noun in this example.)
  • The office junior is in charge of filling the stationery cupboard.
  • ("Stationery" is an adjective in this example.)
  • Save 50% on all office stationery.
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