Pour and pore are two words that cause English learners and native speakers confusion. They are an example of homophones. Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings, or spelling or both. It is important to learn the correct meanings and uses of homophones. It will allow you to use the words correctly in conversation and writing. With practice, you will be able to master both of these words.
Pour is an adjective.
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Pour is to move something (especially a liquid) in a steady stream.
Pour also means to rain heavily.
Pour also means to make or serve a drink.
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, a pore refers to a very small opening in the skin. We have pores all over our bodies that produce sweat and other particles.
When pore is a verb, it means to study or look at something very intently.
Pour and pore are two words that can be easily confused. It is hard to know when to use each one correctly. The most important thing in remembering how to use each of these words is to pay attention to the subject. Remember that if someone is "poring over a book," they must be studying. If you confuse "pore" with "pour" in that sentence, they are only getting the book wet!
You can also try to associate pore with the word "learn" by paying attention to the "e" in both words.
"Can you pour me a cup of tea, please?" Cynthia says to Cathy. They are both very tired. They have been poring over their textbooks all night. Cynthia and Cathy are studying for a test.
They are both studying to be skin doctors. Skin doctors know everything about our pores and the things they produce. Their test is all about the skin and its pores. They have to pore over books all night about skin conditions related to pores.
Cathy pours Cynthia some tea. She looks outside. It's pouring rain. "At least it's not sunny today, Cynthia," Cathy says. "I hate studying when it's sunny. I'd much rather study when it's cloudy and pouring."
"Me too!" Cynthia says as she sips the tea Cathy just poured her. "Thank you for the tea, Cathy."
"No problem. Let me know if you'd like me to pour you another one." Cathy pours herself a cup of tea too and spills hot water over her hand as she pours it. "Ouch! I think I've burnt myself."
"Oh no! Well, our textbook teaches us about burns and how our skin and pores heal them. It says we should pour cold water over your skin and pores."
"Okay, I'll do that. Now, let's get back to poring over these notes about pores!" Cathy says to Cynthia.
"Studying pores is so boring, Cynthia! I think I'd rather go stand outside in the pouring rain," Cynthia complains.
"I know, me too."
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