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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Dessert vs. Desert


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


Most people will say they do know the difference. And yet, I see this mistake time and again in written copy ranging from school papers and published articles to blogs and social media posts. It's OK. I'm not here to poke fun. I have to stop and think about this one, too!

So, let's talk about it a little bit. And maybe by the end of this, we'll all be less confused.

Dessert (with the double "s") is a sweet, delectable treat to eat – usually after dinner. I do know people who like their cake, pie, cookies, etc., before dinner, though.


* Ice cream is the best dessert.

* That dessert tray is tempting.

* We had cherry pie for dessert.

Desert (with one "s") as a noun refers to a hot, dry, and arid place like the Sahara. But when used as a verb, it sounds the same as dessert and means to leave someone high and dry.


* He was stranded in the desert.

* You're just going to desert us?

* The Sahara Desert is a nasty place.


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