Peace vs Piece

What Is the Difference?


Peace and piece are two commonly confused words in the English language. They sound exactly the same, but they do not have the same meanings. When do you use each one? 

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Peace and piece are both pronounced as pees. They sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.

They are homophones. Homophones are words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, but are pronounced the same way. There are many homphone pairs in English.

You can find some of them on the Really Learn English Confusing Words page here: Confusing Words.

In this lesson, you will learn the differences between peace and piece. It is important to know the difference between these two words when you use them in writing.

Peace

Peace is a noun. It has two common meanings:

(1) A situation when there is no war or fighting

Examples:

  • After all the years of fighting, the countries are at peace.

  • The dove is a symbol of peace.

  • She made peace with her friend after an argument.

(2) When things are calm and quiet
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Examples:
  • I would like some peace and quiet.

  • The young mother never has any peace with two young children at home.

  • At last, he reached an inner peace.

  • There won't be any peace, until they get what they want.

  • I like to read at night when it is peaceful.

Piece

Piece is a noun. It has three common meanings:

(1) A part of something

Examples:
  • She found a piece of glass on the floor.

  • This puzzle is made of 1,000 pieces.

  • He took the biggest piece of cherry pie.

  • The lamp broke into many pieces.

  • I need a long piece of string.


(2) A unit or item of something
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Examples:
  • A shirt is a piece of clothing.

  • That is an interesting piece of news!

  • He has too many pieces of paper.

  • She picked two pieces of fruit from the basket.


(3) A work of art, music, or literature

Examples:
  • The museum has a piece by Pablo Picasso.

  • The orchestra learned a piece by Beethoven.

  • She bought a piece of John's art.

  • Tom sold a short piece about dogs to his favorite magazine.

Let's practice!

Now, it is your turn to try with these exercises. Complete each sentence with peace or piece. Then, scroll below the picture for the answers.

1. We just want to live in peace/piece.

2. There is finally peace/piece between the two countries.

3. The man bought a peace/piece of cake at the bakery.

4. After a long day at the store, I like to go to the library and read my book in peace/piece.

5. Please cut the pizza into 12 equal peaces/pieces.

6. At the art show, I bought a nice peace/piece to hang in my living room.

7. Please cut a 1 inch peace/piece of wood.


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Answers:

1. We just want to live in peace.

2. There is finally peace between the two countries.

3. The man bought a piece of cake at the bakery.

4. After a long day at the store, I like to go to the library and read my book in peace.

5. Please cut the pizza into 12 equal pieces.

6. At the art show, I bought a nice piece to hang in my living room.

7. Please cut a 1 inch piece of wood.


Good job! Did you get them all correct?

These were the differences between the homphones peace and piece. Now that you understand, it is time to practice your English! Get our ESL workbooks and story books.

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