Cache and cash are an example of homophones. They are pronounced the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. While they can cause confusion, learning their proper meanings and uses will help you in using them properly. With practice, you will be able to master both of these words in no time.
Let's look at some examples to help you learn the distinction.
A cache is a hiding place. They are often places in the ground used to hide treasure.
Cache can also refer to what is being hidden.
As a verb, cache is the act of hiding something.
Collocations are commonly spoken phrases in English that occur naturally in speech. Becoming familiar with collocations will allow you to speak naturally with others and provide smooth dialogue in conversations.
As a noun, cash refers to money in the physical form of paper notes or coins. It is different from money in credit or in a bank account.
Cash can also be used as a verb. It refers to the act of receiving money in the form of paper notes or coins.
Knowing when to properly use cache and cash can be confusing because they sound the exact same. But if we can associate their proper meanings with them, we will be able to use each one correctly.
Let's remember that cache usually refers to something associated with hiding, and cash always has to do with money. Remember that you can store cash in a cache.
Or sometimes if we try to remember little stories about words and letters, we will be able to remember their meaning easier. Do you find the letters in cache to be odd? The "sh" sound that is in cache is instead spelled with a "ch." Try to think of cache as hiding the "sh" sound and you will be able to remember that cache always has to do with hiding.
Johnny and Jesse are brother and sister. They like to go adventuring in the woods in their neighborhood. They pretend they are pirates or hunters searching for hidden treasure like cash in small caches in the forest.
They like to hide things, like coins, cash or toys. Often though, they don't have very much cash because they are only small children. But if they find coins or cash in the couch cushions, they will collect it for their treasure.
They make small caches in the trees or in the ground. Sometimes they bring their shovels and dig the caches. Or other times, they make caches out of twigs and rocks. Then they draw a map to the cache and give it to other kids in the neighborhood.
One day, one of the parents in their neighborhood got all of the children together and gave them a new map to a cache full of cash. Jesse and Johnny were very excited. The map said the cache held $100 in cash to be given to whomever found the cache the fastest.
Johnny and Jesse really thought they could win because they were excellent cache makers. Together, they set off in the forest and searched for the hidden cash. After about 30 minutes of looking, they finally found the tree where the cash was cached. They opened a box under some leaves and they found the $100 cash.
Jesse and Johnny were very excited. They decided to spend their new cash on treasure for new caches they would make for their friends.
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word. Each question is worth ten points.
cache | 2. cache | 3. cash | 4. cached | 5. cash | 6. cache | 7. cash | 8. cash | 9. cache | 10. cash