Journies vs Journeys: Which is Correct?

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.

Journeys Meaning

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.

Journey Synonyms

Many words have the same or a similar meaning as “journey.” Here is a list of some of those words:

  • travel
  • trip
  • voyage
  • expedition
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • safari

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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