Pore & Pour
PoreMeaning: A minute opening in a surface, especially the skin.
Example: Skin cleansing products help remove dirt and germs from the skin surface and pores.
PourMeaning: Prepare and serve a drink.
Example: He is pouring sodas.
SCENE & SEEN
SCENEMeaning: A View or picture.
Example: This photograph portrays the scene outside a house.
SEENMeaning: Past participle of see
Example: He was seen in Delhi.
WAVE & WAIVE
WAVEMeaning: Move one's hand to and fro in greeting or as a signal.
Example: He waved to me from the train.
WAIVEMeaning: Refrain from paying a fee or following a rule.
Example: Her tuition fees would be waived.
WINE & WHINE
WINEMeaning: An alcoholic drink.
Example: He opened a bottle of wine.
WHINEMeaning: A long, high-pitched complaining cry.
Example: He begins speaking in a high-pitched whine.
WROTE & ROTE
WROTEMeaning: Past tense of write.
Example: He wrote a letter to her.
ROTEMeaning: Habitual repetition of something to be learned.
Example: I learned many poems by rote in childhood.
WAIL & WHALE
WAILMeaning: A prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger.
Example: She let out a high-pitched wail.
WHALEMeaning: A very large marine mammal.
Example: Whales are common around the islands.
Toe & Tow
ToeMeaning: Any of the five digits at the end of the human foot.
Example: He cut his big toe on a sharp stone.
TowMeaning: Pull another vehicle with a rope, chain, or tow bar.
Example: Aman called to tow the car away.
RAIN & REIGN
RAINMeaning: Shower or rainfall.
Example: The rain had not stopped for days.
REIGNMeaning: Hold royal office; rule as a monarch.
Example: Queen Elizabeth reigns over the UK.
RACK & WRACK
RACKMeaning: A framework, typically with bars or hooks for holding or storing things.
Example: This is a letter rack.
WRACKMeaning: A mass of high, thick, fast-moving cloud.
Example: There was a thin moon, a wrack of a cloud.
YOUR & YOU’RE
YOURMeaning: Belonging to or associated with the person or people.
Example: What is your name?
YOU’REMeaning: You are.
Example: You're a workaholic.
Test Your Memory1. Stomata are minute ……in the surface of leaves. (pore/pour)
2. He was ……a drink for someone. (pore/pour)
3. It portrays a beach ……outside the building. (scene/seen)
4. They were ……doing some mischievous acts. (scene/seen)
5. I ……him but he did not respond. (Wave/waive)
6. I requested the librarian to ……the fine. (Wave/waive)
7. There is the chilled white ……in the glass. (Wine/whine)
8. Despite his ……and complaints, his grandfather remained firm. (Wine/whine)
9. They ……a letter of complaint. (Wrote/rote)
10. He never learns by……. (Wrote/rote)
11. I'll be listening to a few ……of despair from disappointed people. (Wail/whale)
12. Four generations of ……live together in some of these groups. (Wail/whale)
13. There is a slight pain in his lower legs, ankles, feet and……. (Tow/toe)
14. A pickup van was ……a trailer. (Tow/toe)
15. I saw ……falling in heavy drops outside of my window. (Rain/reign)
16. Vanilla will always ……supreme when it comes to ice cream. (Rain/reign)
17. We need a spice ……for the house. (Wrack/rack)
18. High in the sky, the moon rides through a……of a cloud. (Wrack/rack)
19. Do you want to see ……name on the cover of a paperback? (Your/you’re)
20. ……in big trouble now. (Your/you’re)
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