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Fort vs Forte

Fort vs Forte. Building a tree fort was definitely not his forte. Try ErrNET for a fortnight and you will see the difference it will make in your writing!

Fort is a noun that means a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification; permanent army post.

Forte is a noun that means a person’s strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill.

Fort and forte have identical pronunciations but different meanings and spellings. (Note: “forte” is also pronounced “for-tay”). These words can easily get mixed up and misused in your writing. You will never misuse “fort” and “forte” in your writing if you use ErrNET copyediting technology!

Fort sentence examples:

The fort was attacked from all directions and was eventually surrendered to the enemy.

The fort was so well built and fortified that it was never penetrated by the enemy.

The abbreviation for fort is “Ft.”

I will never forget the elaborate tree fort that my father built for me and my siblings.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings was to build a fort with blankets and pillows and watch cartoons.

Forte sentence examples:

He tried so hard to cook dinner for his family but after several disastrous meals, he decided that cooking was not his forte.

It is advantageous to discover your forte early so that you can quickly decide on a career path.

Will Forte is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and voice actor who is best known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

The celebrity hired his press agent specifically for his forte in diffusing negative rumors before they made it to the press.

Her forte for interior design was recognized all over the world.



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