recent vs resent : Common Errors in English

About recent vs resent

There are actually three words to distinguish here. “Recent,” always pronounced with an unvoiced hissy S and with the accent on the first syllable, means “not long ago,” as in, “ I appreciated your recent encouragement.” “Resent” has two different meanings with two different pronunciations, both with the accent on the second syllable. In the most common case, where “resent” means “feel annoyed at,” the word is pronounced with a voiced Z sound: “I resent your implication that I gave you the chocolates only because I was hoping you’d share them with me.” In the less common case, the word means “to send again,” and is pronounced with an unvoiced hissy S sound: “The e-mail message bounced, so I resent it.” So say the intended word aloud. If the accent is on the second syllable, “resent” is the spelling you need.

recent Meaning(s)

  • (n) approximately the last 10,000 years
  • (s) new
  • (s) of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

resent Meaning(s)

  • (v) feel bitter or indignant about
  • (v) wish ill or allow unwillingly

recent in News

  1. Fallout from recent controversies hurts federal workers

    Recent controversies involving NSA, IRS and AP could hurt confidence in government and its workers.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  2. Recent Bill in Connecticut Proclaims Gustave Whitehead Was Truly the First to Fly, Not the Wright Brothers

    Recent Bill in Connecticut Proclaims Gustave Whitehead Was Truly the First to Fly, Not the Wright Brothers
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Scientific American via Yahoo! News

  3. Recent drug crime convictions in Winnebago County

    Recent drug crime convictions in Winnebago County:
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Oshkosh Northwestern

resent in News

  1. Senior Spotlights 2013

    Selecting students for the Morgan Hill Times' annual senior spotlight honor is no enviable task. That's why we make the principals do it (and they resent us for making them narrow it down to one!) The
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Morgan Hill Times

  2. Bruce Jenkins: Serena gaining on Federer in best-ever debate

    "Best ever" arguments generally hit a roadblock in tennis, usually about the refined modern equipment that makes wooden rackets and gut strings so dramatically obsolete. So let's stay in the present and ask this question: Is Serena Williams challenging Roger Federer as the best player of this generation? And could she soon own that distinction all by herself?
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI tribute

    LOS ANGELES – Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Buffalo News

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