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Journeys is a correct word. Journies is a common misspelling. Journeys is the plural form of “journey,” and journeys is the third-person singular present tense form of “journey.”
Let’s see why this is the case by looking at some sentences.
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Journeys is the plural spelling of “journey.” It can be used as a noun and a verb.
Journey as a Noun
A journey is a trip or a passage, especially a long or difficult one. Journeys is the plural of the noun “journey.”
Here are some example sentences using the word journeys (noun):
- After an exhausting number of flights and journeys, I was glad to be home finally.
- The journeys were long and difficult, but it was worth it in the end.
- There were more than 1,000 journeys made on the train last year.
- We all have different journeys in life.
- Make sure to bring a neck pillow for long-haul journeys.
Journey as a Verb
Journeys is the third-person singular present tense form of the verb “journey.” To journey means to travel, especially to a distant place.
- I journey
- You journey
- He journeys
- She journeys
- We journey
- They journey
Here are some example sentences using the word journeys (verb):
- She journeys to different countries every year.
- Kevin journeys to Ontario every weekend to see his grandkids.
- Lisa journeys to work every day by bus.
Why is it Journeys and Not Journies?
You may have heard the grammar rule “change ‘y’ to ‘i‘ and add -es” hence the confusion. Unfortunately, this rule doesn’t apply to words with a vowel before the ‘y.’ Therefore, the correct spelling is journeys and not journies.
Other -ey endings that add an ‘s’ include:
- abbey – abbeys
- donkey – donkeys
- monkey – monkeys
- valley – valleys
- survey – surveys
- turkey – turkeys
If the sound before the ‘y’ sounds like a consonant, then you can add -ies, for example:
- lily – lilies
- baby – babies
- hippy – hippies
If you’re unsure about which spelling to use, check a dictionary for guidance.
Many words have the same or a similar meaning as “journey.” Here is a list of some of those words:
The Bottom Line
Remember, the next time you want to spell the plural form of a word that ends with a ‘y’, check if there is a vowel before it. If there is a vowel, for example, “journey” becomes journeys (not: journies).
Now that you know the difference, you can apply the rule for words like journeys correctly in your writing!
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