Bye/By/Buy

Introduction

Bye, by and buy sound the same but are spelt differently. They can trip you up when you write in English. The three words function differently in a sentence and you should pay attenetion not to mix them up.

Bye

Bye is short for goodbye. Use it to express good wished when someone leaves.

Example:
Bye, Susi. See you next week!

By

By is a preposition:

  • use it to show who does something
Example:
I’m reading a book by James Joyce.
  • use it to show how something is done
Example:
We went to the station by tram.

Buy

Buy is a verb meaning the exchange of money for goods.

Example:
They buy fresh bread every morning.