Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, let's discuss the difference between Pail vs. Pale. Do you know when to use each one?
Pail vs. Pale are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.
So, let's dive right in, shall we?
Pail is another word for a bucket. You know, those things with the half-circle handle used to carry water, etc. It also refers to the quantity that a pail contains.
* Fetch me a pail of water.
* He put the pail on his head and ran.
* Pail is a fancy word for a bucket.
Pale has many usages but most commonly refers to someone or something that has little or no color or pigment. It also describes something that is inferior to something else.
* These cars pale in comparison to my truck.
* He always looks so pale when he's sick.
* She's so pale. You'd think she just saw a ghost.
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