English Grammar Basic Similar words

The difference between “instance” and “instants”

The difference between“Instance“e“moments“

“Instance“e“moments“they are easy to confuse because they sound identical (that is, they are perfect homonyms). However, their meanings are very different.

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“Instance“ is an occurrence or an example.

  • I am talking about the instance when you put the wrong oil in your lawn mower. ✔️
    (When“instance“means occurrence, it often carries the connotation of being an example.)
  • Consider the lily for instance. ✔️
    (The term“for instance“is a common way of saying“for example.“)

“Instant“ is a short period of time. The plural is“moments“. (“Instant“usually means“a brief moment“).

  • The light bulb lasted no longer than a few instants. ✔️
  • Hang on. I’ll be there in two instants. ✔️

More about“Instance“and“Instants“

The words“instance“e“moments“they are homonyms (more specifically, homophones) because they sound the same. Both are common words.


The noun“instance“means an occurrence or an example.

Example sentences with“instance“:

  • This is another instance of Mark’s poor attitude.
  • Take a look at his latest project for instance.


La palabra“instants“is the plural of the noun“instant“, that means“a short period of time“. A usual instant means“a brief moment“.

Example sentences with“moments“:

  • There are things that I would say that you could call an instant of time; or better, a now. As we live we seem to move through a succession of instants of time, nows, and the question is, what are they? There are where everything in the universe is at this moment, now. ✔️
    (Physicist Julian Barbour)
  • A couple of instants after the lightning, a deafening thunder roared above our heads. ✔️

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