One pair of words that are very easy to get mixed up are which and witch. These words are said exactly the same way, but they mean totally different things.
One is a word used to tell two things apart and the other is a woman with magical powers. Those are definitely not two words that you want to get wrong when trying to speak with someone.
Let's take a look at each word with its definitions and some examples to help you know when to use which and when to use witch!
The first word that we will go over is which. This word is a pronoun.
One way that you can use the word which is to ask for information that indicates what person or thing in a specific set of people or things you are talking about.
Let's take a look at some examples of this definition of which in some sentences to get a better idea of when to use it.
The second definition of which is used when referencing something that was already said when you are introducing more information about that subject.
Here are some examples of this use of which in sentences.
Witch is a noun and has two meanings.
The first meaning of witch is a woman with magical powers who is often evil. Witches are popular characters in stories, especially scary ones.
Let's see some examples of how witch is used in a sentence.
The other definition of witch means a woman who is ugly or very mean. This is an informal definition of the word and is used in a mean or negative way to talk about a woman.
Here are a few examples of witch used in this way.
One example is the phrase "which is which" This is used to distinguish between only two things that are unclear to the speaker.
Example: I know both Sam and her twin sister, but I can never tell which is which.
(I know both Sam and her twin sister, but I can never tell who is Sam and who is Sam's sister.)
Another collocation to know is "witch hunt." This refers historically to actual witch hunts, but more commonly is used to express when someone is being investigated because they have supposedly done something wrong, but more likely they are just being harassed for having unconventional or different opinions than the person or people doing the investigating.
Example: There was a witch hunt for communists in the 1950's in America.
(There was a pointless investigation targeting people who might have been communists in the 1950's in America.)
Another is witch doctor. A witch doctor is someone who heals others through non-scientific or possibly supernatural methods.
Example: When no other doctor could figure out what was wrong, I went to see a witch doctor in the Amazon to find a cure.
(When none of the scientific doctors could figure out what was wrong, I went to see a traditional doctor in the Amazon to find a non scientific cure.)
Now you know that which means to tell one thing apart from a set of things, and that a witch is a woman with magical powers. Even though you know each definition and have seen examples of when to use each, it might still be hard to remember what word goes with what definition since they look and sound so much alike.
A little trick to remembering what each word means is to look for the two "h's" in which, and remember that which is used to tell things apart, so you can think to yourself, "which 'h' is which."
Another way to remember the difference is by looking at the "t" in witch and picturing it as a little person, specifically a woman with magical powers that she may use for evil purposes.
With those two tricks, you should have no problem remembering the difference between which and witch!
Amelia is driving to a birthday party, which is for her friend's dog, who is turning five today. Amelia is not sure which house she is going to, because she has never been there before. On the way there, she sees a billboard for a new scary movie about an evil witch.
Amelia laughs because she does not believe in witches, so they do not scare her. The only witch she knows is her neighbor, Mrs. Appleton, who always yells at Amelia about her yard, which is always very messy.Amelia finds the house, which is very large and white. Her friend has two dogs and they look very similar, so Amelia cannot tell which is which and says "happy birthday" to the wrong one. Her friend gets angry and calls her a witch and tells her to leave, so Amelia drives back to her house, which is decorated with witches and ghosts for Halloween, which is in a few days.
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word. Each question is worth ten points.
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