Break vs Brake (Commonly Confused)

Break vs Brake

These two words are often confused by English learners. Do you know the difference?


To break means to cause something to stop working or separate into separate into pieces

“I broke my arm last week”

“How did you break your phone? The screen broke when I dropped it”


To brake is to make a vehicle stop or go slower

“I had to brake suddenly to avoid the dog which ran into the road”

“The learner driver forgot to break and failed his driving test”

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