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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Waste vs. Waist

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Waste vs. Waist. Do you know when to use each one?

Waste vs. Waist are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.

Waste has several meanings. Examples include referring to excess or unwanted material, trash, or to use something carelessly or without reason. It also can be used to describe something that is shrinking or weakening and uncultivated land.

* This is a waste of time.

* I'm wasting away while you cook dinner.

* Throw that waste in the dumpster.

* Don't waste an entire loaf of bread.

Waist is the middle part of your body.

* My waist is too big for these jeans.

* That girl has a very small waist.

* Is there an ideal waist size?

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