Misused Words

Altar and Alter

Altar, a noun, is an area where religious ceremonies are performed, usually at the front of a church.

The couple exchanged their wedding vows at the altar.

Alter, a verb, means to change something.

A seamstress will alter the wedding dress for you.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Their friends want them to (altar, alter) their vacation plans to accommodate them.

(2) Supplicants kneel at the (altar, alter) to take Holy Communion.

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