Misused Words

Balance and Remainder

Balance is the difference between the debit and credit sides of an account. This term applies to bookkeeping.

He has a balance of $60 in his bank account.

Remainder is the part that is left over, when not referring to bookkeeping.

After eating half the pie, he took home the remainder for a snack later.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) After working hard for five days, he will use the (balance, remainder) of the week for leisure.

(2) After using two-thirds of their monthly income on the mortgage, they will use the (balance, remainder) for groceries, entertainment, and transportation.

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