The Grammar Guide Spelling What is the difference between 'solider' and 'soldier'?

What is the difference between 'solider' and 'soldier'?

What is the difference between 'solider' and 'soldier'?

The words solider and soldier are often confused by writers. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Soldier means a member of an army, of any rank when used as a noun.

Solider means more solid when used as an adjective.

A good way to remember the difference is Solider is more Solid.

Out of the two words, 'soldier' is the most common. It appears about 398 times more frequently than 'solider'.

It's easy to mix up words when they are spelled similarly. Solider and *soldier have all the same letters, just in a different order.

Solider is the comparative form of the adjective "solid." It means "more solid" when comparing two things.

Soldier is a noun. It means "a member of the military." It can also be a verb that means "to continue on, to persist."

Should I use 'good soldier' or 'good solider'?

The correct expression is 'good soldier'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of solider are: heavier, stabler, solid-state, jelled.

Some synonyms of soldier are: GI, paratrooper, cadet, recruit.

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Examples of solider in a sentence

But it was solider than it looked, and well-barred from the inside.
- The confusion by Neal Stephenson
This time they contained the bare outlines of a dinosaur, a solider, and a large-headed doll.
- Alphas by Lisi Harrison
The solider pouted as he considered the question, and finally decreed: “Depends.”
- To the End of the Land by David Grossman
A solider shouts at him, speaking so fast he can't understand.
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
He was far more anonymous than Jeavons: older, solider, greyer, quieter, in general more staid.
- The kindly ones by Anthony Powell

Examples of soldier in a sentence

Together, you are taken to the "infirmary" by a soldier. 
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
It had stood while a wounded young soldier was murdered on its polished grand staircase.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
He cursed the soldier who had taken his boots on the night of his capture.
- Exile's Return by Raymond E. Feist
The vulnerable little boy stiffened into a champion for Christ, a soldier for God.
- Play with fire by Dana Stabenow
Soldier-monks, Djordjevic had explained succinctly.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec

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