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Bloc vs Block

Bloc vs Block. The embargo on the Eastern Bloc blocked exportation of all domestic goods. Hopefully you use ErrNET and don’t suffer from writer’s block!

Bloc is a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose; a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs, e.g., the Soviet bloc.

Block as a noun is a solid mass of wood, stone, etc., usually with one or more flat or approximately flat faces; the area bounded by four streets in a town or suburb (North America).
Block as a verb is to make the movement or flow in (a passage, pipe, road, etc.) difficult or impossible.

Bloc and block are often misused in English writing because of their similar spellings and identical pronunciations. “Block” is used much more in writing than “bloc” and is often misspelled “bloc,” which is very easy to overlook while proofreading. However, you don’t need to worry about this anymore with ErrNET copyediting technology because ErrNET will block such errors.

Bloc sentence examples:

Many people living in the former Soviet Bloc have become disillusioned by the slow pace of economic reform following the collapse of communism.

The very democratic state always had a very powerful voting bloc and was able to sway many elections.

The Eastern Bloc was the name used by NATO-affiliated countries for the former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact.

Block sentence examples:

Our basketball coach taught us techniques today on how to block a pass.

My ex-girlfriend ran off with another guy then had the nerve to block me from her Facebook page!

The six essential elements, or building blocks, for life are: sulfur, phosphorous, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and hydrogen.

New Kids on the Block is an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts that enjoyed phenomenal success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

I’m going to go take a walk around the block to get some fresh air and clear my head.

The sturdy retaining wall was made out of solid concrete blocks.

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