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 companyís 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 enemyís side?
The Sahara Desert is huge. dessert: cake, pie, ice cream, pudding, fruit, and such served as the
mealís final coursev
We had ice cream for dessert.
If someone has passed out drunk the best thing to do is to put them to bed and let them sleep it off
The amount of alcohol it takes to make someone pass out is close to the amount that will cause death. Their body will continue to process any drinks taken just before they passed out, possibly increasing their blood alcohol to the point that they may go into cardiac arrest. Also, if they throw up while passed out they could choke and die. Do not leave someone who has passed out alone. They need to be watched over until they have returned to consciousness so that medical attention can be sought if they get into difficulty.