‘Pair’, ‘pare’ and ‘pear’

Pair, pare and pear are homophones. I sometimes see pair used when pare or pear would be appropriate. It depends on the context, but it can be very confusing when these words are used incorrectly.

Pair

  • a set of two
  • a thing with two joined parts (e.g. a pair of shorts)
  • to put together to form a pair

PearsPare

  • to trim by cutting away the outer edge or layer
  • to reduce something

Pear

  • the edible fruit and its tree

 

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