Angela’s  ABCs: Words Easily Confused – site and cite

siteSite is both a noun and a verb.

As a noun, site refers to the place where something is or was located;  in the world of the Internet, site refers to a virtual place on the World Wide Web (website):

  • Four new houses would be built on the site of the old barn.
  • Archaeologists had cordoned off the site of the medieval village, looking for ancient artefacts.
  • A click of your mouse can take you to a useful site containing all the information you need.

As a verb site means to place or locate:

  • It was decided to site the prison well away from the centre of the town.
  • The house was sited too close to the edge of the cliffs, making it vulnerable because of possible erosion.


citeCite is a verb which can mean to mention or quote as an authority, example or proof, or to commend or honour:

  • It is vital to cite your sources in an academic study.
  • She was fond of citing the poem ‘Ozymandias’ when talking about the futility of wealth and power.
  • Her grandfather was cited for bravery after rescuing a drowning man.


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