It is easy to confuse waist and waste in English. Both of them sound the same, but they mean different things. They are also spelled differently.
It is important that you do not confuse them because their meanings are not the same. How do you know when to use waste and when to use waist? The examples below will show you when to use each word.
Let's look at some examples to help you understand the difference.
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Waist is a noun. It refers to the part of the body that is covered by a belt-the area above the hips and below the ribs.
"Waste" can be a verb, a noun, or an adjective. As a noun, it means something that is not wanted or not useful. As an adjective, it describes another word by showing that it is not wanted or useful. And as a verb, it means not to use something well.
Two common expressions with "waste" are:
How can you remember which is which? They both share the letters w, s, and t. "Waste" has an "e," but you don't say the "e." That means that the "e" in "waste" is "wasted"! "Waist" has an "i" in the middle-a skinny little letter "i." Most people wish that they had a skinny "waist," so you can remember that "waist" is the one with the "i" in the middle.
Jennifer wanted a new dress. She had a blue dress in her closet, but the waist did not fit well because she had grown. She decided to make a dress herself!
She drove to a fabric store, but they did not have anything that she liked. "What a waste of time!" she thought. Then she drove to another fabric store. She held a red fabric up to her waist and looked in the mirror. She liked it, so she asked the clerk for four yards of fabric. The clerk accidentally cut two yards. The manager was not happy with the clerk for wasting fabric.
Jennifer went home and cut out the fabric. She threw the waste fabric into the trash can. Her mother saw it and said, "Don't waste that! I can save it for the blanket that I will sew." Then she asked her daughter why she was making a new dress. Jennifer replied that her old one was too tight around the waist. Her mother asked, "I hope you measured your waist carefully so this dress fits well." She said, "I did. You will see that this dress fits me perfectly!" And, when she saw it, her mom agreed.
Answer the following 10 questions and then check your answers. Each question is worth 10 points.
Part 1: 1. A | 2. C | 3. B | 4. D
Part 2: 1. B | 2. A| 3. A | 4. C | 5. D | 6. C
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