Sound alike words part one

The words in these pairs sound alike. Study these quick definitions, and use
these words in your writing and speech.

  • board: piece of wood
    Hillary hammered the pine board.
    bored: tired of; not interested
    Were you bored at the movies?

  • brake: the stopping device
    Push hard on the brake to stop the bike.
    break: a rest; to smash or shatter
    The tired workers deserved a break.
    Did the player break her leg in the collision?

  • capital: money; most important
    The company’s owners put up the capital to start the project.
    Annapolis is the capital city of Maryland.
    capitol: building
    Each state has its own capitol where officials convene.

  • choose: to select
    Choose your dessert and take it to that table.
    chose: past tense of the verb choose
    The couple chose their wedding song.

  • desert: to abandon (di = zert); the dry region ( de = zert)
    Did the foe desert his army and go to the enemy’s side?
    The Sahara Desert is huge.
    dessert: cake, pie, ice cream, pudding, fruit, and such served as the
    meal’s final coursev
    We had ice cream for dessert.