The words in these pairs sound alike. Study these quick definitions, and use
these words in your writing and speech.
Hillary hammered the pine board.
bored: tired of; not interested
Were you bored at the movies?
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?
The company’s owners put up the capital to start the project.
Annapolis is the capital city of Maryland.
Each state has its own capitol where officials convene.
Choose your dessert and take it to that table.
chose: past tense of the verb choose
The couple chose their wedding song.
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.