Edit This Grammar Lesson: Fair vs. Fare
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, let's discuss the difference between Fair and Fare. Do you know when to use each one?
Most of you might be saying, "Why, yes, I do!" But for others, it's not that easy. These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.
But don't worry, as we are here to clear up the confusion.
Fair is the one option out of the two words that has the most uses in everyday language, so even if you don't remember the difference between fair and fare, use fair, and your odds of being grammatically correct will increase significantly. Most commonly, fair refers to being just, unbiased, and treating people or situations equally. It is also used when talking about an event or something pleasing, clear, and clean to look at.
* Those boys won't play fair.
* The forecast calls for fair skies.
* He deserves a fair trial.
* Leslie is the fairest of them all.
* Let's all go to the county fair.
We use fare when we are talking about money spent on transportation, a range of food, or how someone performed in a particular situation or over a longer period of time.
* How did John fare on the quiz?
* The bus fare is only a quarter.
* The cook serves fine Italian fare.
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