At first glance, the words \u201cuncharted\u201d and \u201cunchartered\u201d look almost identical. But the pesky extra \u201c-er-\u201d in \u201cunchartered\u201d changes the meaning entirely.\r\n\r\nAs a result, it is easy to use these terms incorrectly, even if you have a vague idea of what they mean! Luckily, we're here to help.\r\nUncharted (Unmapped or Unknown)\r\nThe word \u201cuncharted\u201d means \u201cunexplored\u201d or \u201cunknown.\u201d It helps to remember that \u201cchart\u201d is also a word for a map, so \u201cuncharted\u201d means \u201cnot yet on the map.\u201d This can apply both to physical regions and areas of knowledge.\r\n\r\nWe could use it in a very literal sense, like this:\r\nWe know little about the uncharted depths of the sea.\r\nOr we could use it in a more metaphorical sense:\r\nNuclear fission is a largely uncharted area for science.\r\nBut this word is always about something unknown.\r\nUnchartered (Without a Charter)\r\nThe word \u201cunchartered,\u201d meanwhile, is an adjective meaning \u201clacking a charter.\u201d The charter here is a document that grants rights or authorizes someone to work in a specific role. For example:\r\nHe ran his business as an unchartered bank.\r\nThis means \u201cunauthorized\u201d or \u201clacking regulation.\u201d However, this term is rare in most contexts, so you should not need to use it on a regular basis.\r\nUncharted Territory\r\nOne common error with these terms occurs with the phrase uncharted territory. This figure of speech means \u201ca new and unknown area,\u201d usually in relation to a field of activity or thought:\r\nVirtual reality is still uncharted territory for many entertainment companies.\r\nAs such, \u201cuncharted\u201d is always the right word in this context. Remember:\r\nUncharted territory \u2013 Correct\r\nUnchartered territory \u2013 Incorrect\r\n\r\nUncharted or Unchartered?\r\nSince \u201cunchartered\u201d is so rare, most of the time the word you'll need is \u201cuncharted.\u201d Remember:\r\n\r\n \tUncharted means \u201cunknown\u201d or \u201cunmapped.\u201d\r\n \tUnchartered means \u201cwithout a charter.\u201d\r\n\r\nIf you would like to have an essay checked for errors, take advantage of the specialist service offered by Proofed today!