There are so many pairs of words in English that sound the same but have very different meanings. It is important to be able to tell the difference between these tricky word pairs so that you don't confuse people that you are trying to talk with. One example of words that can sometimes get mixed up are meat and meet.
These two words are homophones, meaning that they sound exactly the same, but are spelled differently and have very different meanings. One means to be acquainted with someone for the first time and the other is the flesh of an animal! You definitely do not want to mix those up.
Let's take a look at some definitions and examples for both to give you a better idea of when to use meat and when to use meet.
The first word that we will look at is meat, with an "ea" in the middle. Meat is a noun and has several definitions.
The most common definition of meat is as the flesh of an animal that is used as food.
Meat can also be used to talk about the flesh of human beings, but not as food, of course!
Another way to use the word meat is to talk about the inside of a fruit or nut, so the part of it that you eat.
The final definition refers to the most important or fundamental part of something. The meat of a story, for example.
Now let's go through some examples of meat used in sentences to give you an even better idea of when you can use the word.
The past tense form of meet is met.
One definition of meet that is used very often is to see someone new, or to introduce yourself to a new person.
Another way that you can use meet is when you come into the same place as someone, either that you know or do not know, and either by chance or because you planned to both be at the same place. When you make a plan to go to lunch with a friend, you can say that you will meet them for lunch.
You can also say that you will meet with someone, which means that you will be having a meeting, usually to talk about business or for a practical reason.
Additionally, meet can mean to experience something, like a specific situation, or to react to something. This is usually done using the passive voice. For example, you could say, "The idea was met with strong criticism" or "The idea was met with great enthusiasm."
Meet can also mean for two things to touch.
Another definition is to fulfill something, like a specific set of requirements, or to pay for something completely.
As a noun, a meet is an event where people gather to compete, usually in some type of sport.
That's a lot of possible meanings for one word! Let's go over some examples to help makes things more clear.
Now you should have a better idea about when to use meat, which means the flesh of an animal used for food, and meet, which means to become acquainted with or introduced to someone new.
It can still be hard to remember which is which sometimes though. One easy way to tell the two words apart is by remembering the different ways that they are spelled.
Meat is spelled with and "a," while meet has only the letter "e" in the middle. So if you are having trouble, just look for the "a" and remember that "a" is the first letter in "animal," and meat is the part of an animal that you eat.
With that little trick, you should have no problem knowing which word is which!
I meet my friend Daniel in the forest today to go hunting. I tell Daniel that my brother has a wrestling meet later so I cannot stay too long. His eyes meet mine and I see that he is not too happy about it. I am Daniel's only friend because he lives in the forest and does not get to meet many people.
To cheer him up, I tell him a story about my dog. She cracks open coconuts with her teeth and eats the meat out of them. Just as I am getting to the meat of my story, Daniel and I meet a deer. It stands where the trees meet a field in front of us. It is very small though and does not meet the requirements to be hunted, so we let it run away.
I finish telling Daniel my story and I am met with laughter. He thinks it is funny that I let my dog eat coconuts. I say that she is too thin and needs to put more meat on her bones, so I let her eat anything she wants. Daniel is happy now, even though we did not get a deer today.
Answer the following 10 questions and then check your answers. Each question is worth 10 points.
Part 1: 1. B | 2. B | 3. D | 4. CPart 2: 1. A | 2. D | 3. A | 4. B | 5. C | 6. A