They’re called homophones – words that sound
the same but mean different things – and they can present a
hurdle when you’re trying to write.
These words are both verbs and nouns. In the
present tense, these two words are audibly
means to slow down. It can also refer to a device that
causes something to slow down.
You need to
brake when you see a yellow light, not accelerate!
slammed on the brakes to avoid an accident.
damage something. It can also refer to the damage itself.
break it if you’re not careful.
ugly break,” exclaimed the doctor when he saw Logan’s
Note that the past tense form of brake
is braked, while the past tense form of break
is an adjective and generally describes a harsh texture or
an abrasive or aggressive attitude.
was as coarse as sand paper.
coarse with me!
is a noun
and means a direction or route.
Ex. The running track
ran a winding course through the city park.