Brake vs break: do you know the difference?

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BRAKE vs BREAK: which is which? Tips and tricks to remember the difference

BRAKE and BREAK are easy to confuse – especially if you’re new to the English language. The fact that the two words sound the same – they’re homophones – means people commonly mix them up.

Here are my simple spelling tips to remember the difference between BRAKE and BREAK.

BREAK is a verb that means damage or destroy.

“I dropped my phone but luckily it didn’t BREAK.”

BRAKE can be both a noun and a verb.

As a noun, a BRAKE is the stopping pedal in a car or other vehicle.

As a verb, BRAKE means to slow down or stop – for example, a car.

Noun: “Remember to use the BRAKE to stop the car in good time.”

Verb: “I had to BRAKE hard to avoid the oncoming cyclist.”

Confusables: break vs brake. Language and spelling tips from copywriter Sarah Townsend Editorial

Confusables: break vs brake. Language and spelling tips from copywriter Sarah Townsend Editorial

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