Overdo vs Overdue | Ask Linda! | English Grammar

In this video, Linda breaks down the difference between “overdo” and “overdue”.

These two terms are often confused due to their similar pronunciation.

Let’s take a closer look.

The word “overdo” is used when speaking about doing something to an excessive degree.

For example:

Don’t overdo the salt in this recipe or it will taste bad.

“Overdue” spelled with ‘ue’ at the end, however, refers to something that is past a due date or past a scheduled time. For example:

I need to pay all my overdue bills to avoid a late fee.

So think about whether you are referring to something that is done in excess or a delay beyond an appointed time.

That’s it for today. See you next time!

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