This time, we're gonna discuss the differences and similarities between these two words. Well, if you wanna learn more, join me.

"Stayed" vs. "Staid" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

They are homophones. However, 'stayed' is the simple past tense of the verb 'stay', while, 'staid' is an adjective and means someone reliable and serious.

Differences

'Stayed' is the simple past tense of the verb 'stay', whereas, 'staid' is an adjective that refers to someone trustworthy and serious. Look at the examples below:

I stayed at my granny's last week.

I wouldn't invite such staid friends to a party.

Similarities

They only have similar pronunciations.

Are They Interchangeable?

'Stayed' is the simple past tense of a verb, whereas, 'staid' is an adjective. So, they cannot be used interchangeably. Compare:

✓ James gave in and stayed a bit longer.

X James gave in and staid a bit longer.

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