By Mary Morel
The distinction between dependant and dependent doesn’t exist in US English, which uses dependent for both the following meanings. British, Australian and New Zealand English distinguish between these two words.
A dependant is someone who relies on someone else for support. This support is often financial.
The child is a dependant.
Dependent means relying on.
The outcome is dependent on the test results.
Online grammar programs
Learn more about commonly confused words with one of my online courses:
View the full list of Online Writing Training courses.