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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Pail vs. Pale


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?

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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.

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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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