Is the phase of bad grammar you’re going through fazing you? We’re here to set you straight.

Phase, a noun, has several definitions, but we’ll keep it simple and go with the top two:

  • A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes
  • A distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle

How to use:

  • I looked down at my 3-year-old covered in mud. He must be going through a phase.
  • Phase 1 of the metamorphosis is complete! Muahahahaha.

Faze, a verb, on the other hand, means “to disturb the composure of” someone or something.

How to use:

  • Nothing fazed her.
  • Tripping on the red carpet and falling on his face didn’t faze him at all; he bounced right back up and smiled for the cameras.