Misused Words

Breadth, Breath and Breathe

Breadth, a noun, means width.

The customer was concerned about the breadth of the yacht he was purchasing.

Breath, a noun, means air drawn into and expelled from the lungs.

On a cold day you can see your breath outdoors.

Breathe, a verb, means to draw air into the lungs and expel it.

The doctor asked his patient to breathe deeply while he examined his chest.
Practice

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

(1) The customer wanted to know the length and the (breadth, breath, breathe) of the motor home.

(2) When she starts talking, she hardly pauses long enough to get her (breadth, breath, breathe).

(3) One can relax by learning to (breadth, breath, breathe) slowly and deeply.

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