Edit This Grammar Lesson: Altar Vs. Alter
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss the difference between Altar and Alter. Do you know the difference?
These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they tend to trip a lot of people up. But don't worry, as we are here to clear up the confusion.
So let's dive in, shall we?
When we say altar, we are referring to the elevated table or structure used as a center of worship or ritual in churches, temples, shrines, and other places of worship.
* Mary left John at the altar.
* The offerings are on the altar.
* The altar in that church is beautiful.
Alter simply means to change or modify something.
* They altered the course of history.
* Did you alter that photograph?
* I had my dress shirts altered.
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