Scratched or grated? Doubt dictionary to write well on the Internet

scratched or grated how to write

How is it spelled, scratched or grated? Is it grated or scratched? What does scratched and grated mean? Is spelled stripe or grated? The number of questions that haunt the Internet around these two homophonic verbs are counted in dozens. Due to their orthographic similarity, most people tend to confuse both terms when using them in certain sentences. Beyond this resemblance, the truth is that the words have nothing to do with each other, as we will see below. In other words, they cannot substitute for each other, as they mention entirely different actions.

When can scratch be used?

The verb scratch refers to the action of making stripes on an object or surface. For this reason the verb writes with ‘and’ and not with ‘ll’. For example, scratching a glass, scratching the car, scratching the blackboard, scratching a wall, scratching a sheet of paper …

When is grating used?

Unlike verb, the verb rallar refers to the shredding, stripping, or crushing something that has been pressed against another surface, usually a grater. Grate cheese, grate chocolate, lemon zest…

So, is it written scratched or grated?

Like all Spanish verbs, the use of scratch and grate depends on the context. A good way to remember the use of each of the verbs in a certain context is based on observing if there is any kind of allusion to the lines.

Well written:


In the phrase “I’m scratched”, the verb is written with ‘and’, because it is understood that the subject is “confused” among so many “stripes”. In fact, there is no real context that allows us to use the expression “I am grated”. The expression “I am grating” can be used, but never “I am grating” unless we are a piece of fruit. Nor is it the most correct use. Ideally, use “confused” or “confused” in a formal or written conversation, as it is a colloquial term not recognized by the RAE today. After all, it is a recently created “word”.

Grated phrases

  • Juan, did you grate the cheese like I told you this morning?
  • I’m grating the chocolate on the dessert so it’s not so gooey.
  • Grating the lemon peel gives an acidic touch to the yogurt.

Striped phrases

  • Who scratched my car this morning? This ray was not there when I went to work.
  • I’m scratched, I think I need a conversation with you.
  • As I find out who has scratched the board will have a week of punishment.

Striped and grated phrases

  • Mom, the cheese grater is very scratched, do you think it will do for the grating of tomorrow?
  • Seeing all the grated chocolate on the floor after half an hour grating has completely scratched me.
  • The grating of this grater no longer scratches because it is badly scratched, a new one will have to be purchased.

List of doubts to write well on the Internet

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  • Has it been said, has it been said or is it said?
  • So, so or so?
  • Yes or no?
  • There, find, there or there?
  • Why, why, why or why?
  • Is there, there or ay?
  • Go, fence, berry or balla?
  • Done or echo?

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