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What is the difference between 'planing' and 'planning'?

What is the difference between 'planing' and 'planning'?

The words planing and planning are often confused because they look similar. We'll explain the difference.

Planning means the process of making plans when used as a verb.

Planing means to fly without moving wings or glide when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Planing flies like a Plane.

Out of the two words, 'planning' is the most common. It appears about 118 times more frequently than 'planing'.



It's easy to confuse planning and planing.

Planning is related to the verb to plan. It is pronounced with a short A sound, which is why double the letter N. As a verb, planning means the process of making plans. It can also be a noun to refer to all the things that were planned.

Planing is related to the verb to plane. It can mean to fly without flapping wings or glide. It can also mean to smooth wood or another surface with a plane tool.

What's the right phrase 'scaling and root planing' or 'scaling and root planning'?

The right expression is 'scaling and root planing'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'saw and planing mills' or 'saw and planning mills'?

The correct phrase is 'saw and planing mills'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct phrase 'and planing mills ,' or 'and planning mills ,'?

The right expression is 'and planing mills ,'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the right phrase 'scaling , root planing' or 'scaling , root planning'?

The right phrase is 'scaling , root planing'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Which is correct 'sawmills and planing mills' or 'sawmills and planning mills'?

The correct phrase is 'sawmills and planing mills'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the expression 'you 're planning to' or 'you 're planing to'?

The right expression is 'you 're planning to'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'the planning process .' or 'the planing process .'?

The right phrase is 'the planning process .'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the phrase 'in the planning process' or 'in the planing process'?

The right expression is 'in the planning process'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Which is correct 'you are planning to' or 'you are planing to'?

The right phrase is 'you are planning to'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Which is right ', planning , and' or ', planing , and'?

The correct expression is ', planning , and'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Some synonyms of planing are: glide, smooth, fly

Some synonyms of planning are: designing, design, readying, organizing

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of planingDictionary Definition of planning

Examples of planing in a sentence

Then you may use the wings, for guiding yourself, for planing, for soaring, whatever you wish!”
- The Mountain of Adventure by Enid Blyton
He came planing down a roller to the lifebelt, his seaboots tied round his neck.
- Scend of the Sea by Geoffrey Jenkins
It was coming this way, a twelve- or fourteen-foot runabout planing along at a good clip.
- The sailcloth shroud by Charles Williams
My hands again, planing each other down.
- The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel by Louis Bayard

Examples of planning in a sentence

She hadn’t been lying to Tommy Martinez when she said she’d been planning to get up early.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
I just said that I had his number if I needed it, but I was planning not to use it.
- The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx; Ian Gittins
In the course of the floundering planning, I had mentioned my cook.
- A Darkness in My Soul by Dean Koontz
I was planning on finding a locksmith to open it for me, but…”
- The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
The combined planning and operations staff has been selected and is waiting to begin work.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming

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