Correct spelling, explanation: journeys entered English directly from an Old French word jornee, which used to mean a day’s work or a day’s travel. However, the origin of the word journeys can be found in the Latin words diurnus and diurnum, which could be translated as a daily portion. Today the word journeys is a plural form of the noun journey.
Definition of journeys:
1. noun (plural) – traveling from one place to another, usually in some kind of a vehicle,
She loves going on long journeys.
2. noun (plural) – our experiences,
Life consists of a number of journeys and some of them are extremely difficult.
Collocations with journeys:
Some common collocations include: long journeys, car journeys, overnight journeys;
He doesn’t mind going on long journeys.
I definitely prefer car journeys to bus or train journeys.
I usually choose overnight journeys as there is less traffic than during the day.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: a common mistake in the word journeys is spelling it as
journies, which is wrong. It is true that often when a singular noun ends in -y, we change it to -i and then add the -es ending while forming a plural form. However, the rule applies only when there is a consonant before the -y letter and in the case of journeys there is a vowel and because of that, the only correct plural form is journeys and not journies.
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Both. When both spellings are correct but depend on US/UK English there is always a detailed explaination. In this case journies is an archaic for that is incorrect regardless of type of English.
Just wanted to check – you say based on an English dictionary, are you highlighting American usage or UK usage? Thanks.
So we were correct on that one.
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