Misused Words

Desert and Dessert

Desert, used as a noun, means a dry, barren region, such as the Sahara Desert.
Desert, used as a verb, means to go away and abandon someone.

There are few plants that can grow in the desert.
A conscientious father will not desert his family.

Dessert means a course served at the end of a meal, such as pie or cake.

Home-made apple pie with vanilla ice-cream is my favorite dessert.

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

(1) After a big meal, you should have a light (desert, dessert).

(2) Camels are the best means of transportation across a (desert, dessert).

(2) Soldiers who (desert, dessert) their unit during a war can be shot.

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