Misused Words

Fair and Fare

Fair, an adjective, means honest and just, such as a fair judge.
Fair, a noun, means an event, such as a fall fair.

The cost of the train ticket to get home at Christmas was fair.
The community hopes that its fall fair will be informative, educational, and entertaining.

Fare means the sum of money that one pays to ride public transportation, such as a taxi, bus, or train.

The student had little money left for gifts at Christmas after he paid the taxi fare from the train station to his home.
Practice

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

(1) The university student did not consider it (fair, fare) that he had to pay his own way home at Christmas.

(2) The tourist was surprised that the ferry (fair, fare) was so expensive in that part of the world.

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