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'Ban Together' or 'Band Together'?

Just as it's hard to hear the D at the end of used in used to and at the end of iced in iced tea, it's hard to hear the D at the end of band in the phrase band together.

By
Mignon Fogarty

 

Allie M. from New Jersey asked whether the correct phrase is ban together or band together

The correct phrase is band together.

When band is a noun, one common meaning is a group of people who have joined together for some purpose. Think of a rock band, the movie Band of Brothers, or the Silicon Valley investing group known as the Band of Angels.

Therefore, it's not much of a stretch to remember that when people join together (for example, to form a band, the noun) they are banding together (using band, the participle).

Allie's question also reminded me of other common errors that happen when a word ending with D is followed by a word starting with T: The correct phrases are used to and iced tea, but people sometimes think they should be use to and ice tea because it's difficult to hear the separation between the D and T.

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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