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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Creek vs. Creak


Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. While that sounds cool and all, they can also be a royal pain in the butt.


Take, for example, creek vs. creak. This is one set of many homophones that exist in the English language, and they trip more people up than you might think in everyday writing. That goes for professional writers and editors like me, students, teachers ... you name it.


So, let's have some fun and eliminate any confusion with today's blog post.


Creek vs. Creak – Do You Know the Difference and When To Use Each One in Your Writing?


A creek (eek at the end) is a small or narrow stream, waterway, brook, or tributary of a river.


* That's a really small creek.

* We went fishing in the creek.

* Our children play in the creek daily.

Creak (eak at the end) refers to the harsh, sharp, squeaking, or grating sound or noise something makes when it breaks, cracks, or moves.


* The old man's knees creak when he walks.

* The front door creaks when you open it.

* The chair creaks when it rocks back and forth.


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