Say both of the words out loud…SORT…SOUGHT. Similar sound – but different meanings and use!
Are you feeling out of SOUGHTS trying to SOUGHT out whether to use SOUGHT or SORT?
I won’t mention any names – but I recently read a writer’s “bio” claiming that the writer was a “sort after” talent.
What sought of writer confuses SORT and SOUGHT? 🙂
Maybe the writer is a good SOURT (An expression for “good looking”)
Anyway, the correct word choice is:
1. SOUGHT-after – not SORT-after – sought is the past tense of seek – So to be sought-after – is for people to SEEK you.
OR: He sought help – he was looking for or seeking help.
2. What SORT of writer
3. a good SORT
4. and the sentence at the start of this post:
Are you feeling out of SOUGHTS trying to SOUGHT out whether to use SOUGHT or SORT? should be:
Are you feeling out of SORTS trying to SORT out whether to use SOUGHT or SORT?
English is a confusing language – even for native-English speakers – and especially for people who come from a different language background.
There are so many words that sound similar – SORT/SOUGHT, COURT/CAUGHT,PAW/POOR.
I’m an Australian – yet I respect how many Americans often emphasise their Rs in words so the words above DO sound a little different from each other.
Aussies often pronouns the Rs as -AHs. Car = CAH, Beer = Be-AH.
When I studied journalism in the US , I could he-AH how the Aussie accent can be confusing to American E-AHs. Oh De-AH!
I found some US accents have a similar sound to Australian on those words like Car = C-AH (think JFK speeches and that Mayor in The Simpsons!)
The way I remember the difference is to think that:
1. a SOUGHT-after person (in a positive sense) is “well THOUGHT of”
2. What SORT of writer – what TYPE or KIND of writer. Type and Kind are short words – so is SORT!
Most of the time – SORT will be the correct word.
I hope this helps you sort SORT from SOUGHT – and you’ll know that the correct wording is SOUGHT-after.
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