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Puting or Putting—Which is Correct? (Grammar + Examples)

Is it puting a book on the table or is it putting a book on the table? Puting and Putting are often confused with each other but puting is actually a misspelling of putting and thus, should not get used.

It is a very common mistake made by not only non-native English speakers but also native English speakers. The reason for this is because English can be a confusing language. The rules for turning a verb into its continuous (-ing) form is not always consistent. There are exceptions.

Puting vs putting
Puting vs putting

Difference Between Put and Putt (puting and putting)

To understand how putting is used we must first learn the difference between put and putt. Put means to move to or place in a particular position while putt refers to a gentle stroke that hits a golf ball across the green towards the hole.

They pronunciation differs as well. Put is pronounced as pʊt whereas putt is pronounced as pʌt.

Examples of sentences using put and putt:

  • I put the bag on the table
  • He put a knife on the counter
  • There is also an eighteen-hole pitch and putt golf course
  • He pitched out and eventually saved par with about a 4-foot putt

Putting: pʊtɪŋ or pʌtɪŋ

It is important to note that PUTTING is a homograph. Homographs are words which have one spelling but two pronunciations and two different meanings and/or usages.

In English, the rule for adding -ing (continuous tense) to a verb is that if this verb comprises of consonant + vowel + consonant, then the last consonant should be doubled. According to this rule, the “t” in “Put” should be doubled, and the only correct spelling is “Putting”.

Now, Putting aka pʊtɪŋ means to put or move an object somewhere but Putting aka pʌtɪŋ is the continuous tense of the word putt.

Examples of putting in sentences


  • Mother was putting plates on the table when the school bus dropped Stella off.
  • Mary is putting us all at risk.
  • She didn’t like putting her expensive China in the dishwasher.
  • I’m all for putting the opponent team down.
  • Now her husband was putting was a damper on everyone’s mood with his self-centered and arrogant remarks.
  • I had barely finished putting the things away when Jacob knocked on the kitchen door.
  • My husband was putting the groceries away when the doorbell rang.


  • Ronald’s putting let him down today; he was unable to sink a single putt over three feet.
  • Jacob’s putting is so good that nobody can beat him.
  • Putting is a technique that not all can master.
  • Father has been teaching my brother putting for a week now.
  • Shayna learned putting in less than a month.
  • Bobby Jones mastered golf long before The Masters came to be. His putting skills were insane.
  • My husband’s putting game is on point.


Puting is not a word that exists in English. It is the misspelling of the word Putting. So, whether you are talking about placing or moving something OR you are talking about golf, always use putting and never puting.



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Dalia Y.: Dalia is an English Major and linguistics expert with an additional degree in Psychology. Dalia has featured articles on Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, Grammarly, and many more. She covers English, ESL, and all things grammar on GrammarBrain.

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