Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss berth vs. birth. Do you know the difference between them?
Berth and Birth 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?
Berth has a few meanings. Just a few include when referring to ships and where they are anchored (such as a dock) and how much space they need to pass by something safely. It can also refer to a fixed bed or bunk (usually on a ship or train). In sports, berth refers to a spot or position earned by a team.
* The soccer team earned a playoff berth last season.
* That ship needs a wider berth to pass safely.
* We docked our boat at its usual berth.
* Each passenger had their own berth to sleep on.
Birth simply refers to the act of being born. It also means to bring forth.
* Childbirth is a wonderful blessing.
* Mom gave birth to her fifth child today.
* John's birth certificate is missing.
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