Misused Words

Waist and Waste

Waist, a noun, means the part of the body between the ribs and the hips.

You have a problem when your waist is bigger than your pants.

Waste, a verb, means to squander.

Her mother reminded her not to waste her allowance.

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

(1) Why (waist, waste) your time trying to help someone who doesn't want help?

(2) He wore a belt around his (waist, waste), but he preferred suspenders.

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