Story vs History

Don’t say: 
– I told my daughter the history about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
– She told her friend a history about something funny that happened on her wedding day.
– My sister loves to read romance histories.
– My nephew is studying World Story in school.

Say this:
– I told my daughter the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
– She told her friend a story about something funny that happened on her wedding day.
– My sister loves to read romance stories.
– My nephew is studying World History in school.

Remember:
 Story is countable (one story, two stories), and can be about something imaginary (fiction) or that really happened (non-fiction).  Stories can be about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Moby Dick, something you did in your childhood, something in your dream last night.

 History is non-countable, and is non-fiction.  It can be about the history of Framingham (collection of events in Framingham’s past), United States history, or your medical history (illnesses, hospital visits, etc. in your life).

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