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What is the difference between 'noting' and 'nothing'?

What is the difference between 'noting' and 'nothing'?

The words noting and nothing are often confused because they are easy to mistype. But what is the difference?

Nothing means something trifling, or of no consequence or importance, none when used as a noun.

Noting means paying attention to or making a note of when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Nothing means no thing.

Out of the two words, 'nothing' is the most common. It appears about 23 times more frequently than 'noting'.



It's easy to mix up words with similar spellings.

Nothing is a noun that means "something that doesn't exist, none, inconsequential."

Noting is a verb that means "making note of or paying attention to."

Should it be 'is worth noting that' or 'is worth nothing that'?

You should use 'is worth noting that'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the expression 'it is worth noting' or 'it is worth nothing'?

The right expression is 'it is worth noting'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'worth noting that the' or 'worth nothing that the'?

The correct expression is 'worth noting that the'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

What's the right phrase 'is also worth noting' or 'is also worth nothing'?

The correct expression is 'is also worth noting'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct expression 'also worth noting that' or 'also worth nothing that'?

The right expression is 'also worth noting that'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Which is right 'nothing personal' or 'noting personal'?

The right expression is 'nothing personal'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Which is correct 'nothing to sneeze at' or 'noting to sneeze at'?

You should use 'nothing to sneeze at'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the correct phrase 'nothing up my sleeve' or 'noting up my sleeve'?

You should use 'nothing up my sleeve'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

What's the correct phrase 'nothing ventured nothing gained' or 'noting ventured noting gained'?

The correct expression is 'nothing ventured nothing gained'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of noting are: paying attention, taking note of, observing.

Some synonyms of nothing are: nil, none.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of NotingDictionary Definition of Nothing

Examples of noting in a sentence

Then, noting Walter’s evening dress, he said: “Or rather, very late.”
- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
He continued driving, noting the time and mileage.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
We watch how it is they go through their days, noting where it is we feel that we cannot
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
He glanced over at her, noting that she kept massaging her right knee.
- Cold Midnight by Joyce Lamb
Ptaclusp walked around his son, noting how the flatness followed him.
- Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

Examples of nothing in a sentence

There is nothing left in this world.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
Defeat means nothing but defeat, No drearier can prevail!
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
There's nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Better not let him find her there when he came out again–doing nothing, perhaps listening.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
Nothing happened.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
Test yourself

Choose the missing word in each question.

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