The words stationary and stationery are often confused by English speakers due to their similar spelling and pronunciation. If you remain stationary in front of your computer, you can copy this lesson onto your own stationery.
Stationary is an adjective that means "unmoving":
Stationery is a noun referring to writing paper and materials:
The Bottom Line
There are two ways to remember the difference: a person who sells stationery is a "stationer," and stationery has an "e" in it, as does "write." Get one of the other of those facts stationary in your head, and your troubles will be over.
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