Writing Helper: Breath vs. Breathe, Bath vs. BatheJul 18
These are some commonly confused words. I rarely hear them mixed up, but I see it in people’s writing all the time.
Breath and Breathe
Breathe is a verb. The ea sounds like eat or easy.
Breath is a noun. Here, the ea sounds like egg or death.
He took a slow breath before answering.
She gasped, barely able to breathe.
Bath and Bathe
Bath and Bathe follow the same basic pattern.
Bathe is a verb. The a sounds like able or ate.
Bath is a noun. The a sounds like cat.
I want to take a relaxing bubble bath.
Whew! You need to bathe.
I see that a several of the Writing Helper posts remain some of my most popular. Even though they’re short, I’m not surprised. When I taught English, my students usually appreciated this type of lesson much more than standard grammar.