Desert vs. Dessert
What is the difference?
are two commonly
in the English
language. When do you use each one?
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These two words have similar spellings, but they are pronounced
differently and have different meanings.
We'll look at some examples so that you understand when to use each one.
that means a large, dry area with few plants. Many deserts
are full of sand dunes and have very few animals living in them.
When we pronounce this word, the emphasis is on the first syllable
Did you know that deserts
cover about one third of the Earth's surface? That's incredible!
in Africa is one of the biggest in the world.
- The Sahara is a
huge area with very little rain.
- What survival supplies should you take with you if you are
in the desert?
- What do you need to survive in a place with almost no water or plants?
are hard places to live, but they can be very beautiful.
- Places with very little rain and lots of sand can have lovely
- Camels are one of the few species specially adapted to live
in the desert.
are animals that are very good at living in very dry areas.
a noun that
means the sweet thing you sometimes eat after dinner, like fruit, ice
cream, or cake.
When we pronounce this word, the emphasis is
on the second syllable
On special occasions, like someone's birthday, everyone can share cake
- It's nice to have dessert
sometimes, perhaps for a special occasion.
something sweet after dinner is lovely from time to time.
- In many countries, it is common to have fruit or juice
- In some
places, people eat sweet fruit after a meal.
- My kids always want dessert,
but we only have it a couple of times a week.
kids always want something sweet after supper!
- Kip wanted ice cream for dessert, but maybe
he ordered too much.
too much ice cream. He won't be able to finish it!
It's important to remember that these words are spelled and pronounced differently
When you are speaking, remember that the "DES-ert" is a very dry place
and "dess-ERT" is a special, sweet treat!
When you are writing, be sure to use just one "s" (desert
when you want to talk about a place where it almost never rains. And,
if you want to talk about that delicious treat after lunch or dinner,
use two "s" in dessert
And that's all there is to it!
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