Misused Words

Plain and Plane

Plain, an adjective, means clear or common, such as a plain view or a plain meal.

The monks ate plain food at the monastery.

Plane, a noun, has two different meanings. It can mean an airplane, or it can mean a carpenter's tool for smoothing wood.

The plane travelled at tremendous speed through the air.
The carpenter could not find his plane in his workshop.

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

(1) The girl was embarrassed because she had to wear a (plain, plane) dress to the high school dance.

(2) The handyman could not find his (plain, plane) among his tools.

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