Two words you hear, sound same to the ear,
But their spelling and meaning differ.
One has an end; the other has both,
They are seldom uttered together.


3 Answers 3


How about:

tale and tail
a tale (story) has an end to it, and a tail has two ends

a tail has an end, while a tale has both a beginning and an end.

  • $\begingroup$ You got the words right! Just need to switch the reasons, though. Think along the lines of what is an end and what is its opposite. $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Mar 9, 2020 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ I am not sure I am getting it, but have revised my answer. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2020 at 1:50
  • $\begingroup$ Great, you nailed it! $\endgroup$
    – Ébe Isaac
    Mar 9, 2020 at 1:51

What about:

brake and break
Brake(ing) has a single ending point.
After a break, both parts have ends.

  • $\begingroup$ I like that, too. :) $\endgroup$
    – MacGyver88
    Mar 9, 2020 at 1:18




ADZE - a tool used to shape wood, has a pointy end like a chisel

ADS - advertisements, an ad has a beginning and an end

I'm sure they exist, but I have never heard or seen ads for an adze, let alone said them in the same sentence until now.


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