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Bate vs. Bait (Grades 11-12)

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Bate vs. Bait

Instructions: Bate and bait are two words that sound alike, but they have very different meanings.

Bate is an archaic word that means to moderate or restrain or to lessen and diminish. I'll be waiting with bated breath.

Bait is a piece of food used to lure a fish or animal. We bought worms to use as bait.

Fill in the blanks in the sentence below to practice using both words correctly.

1. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

The boy's parents hoped his team's recent losses would                 his hopes of becoming a professional football player, and that he would take up a more noble goal.
  1. bate
  2. bait
2. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

When you put out the mouse trap, add a bit of peanut butter to the trap as                .
  1. bate
  2. bait
3. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

During the debate, the incumbent tossed out some verbal                 to get his challengers riled up.
  1. bate
  2. bait
4. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

The cable company used a classic                 and switch technique to saddle us with extra cable charges.
  1. bate
  2. bait
5. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

The falconer used a leash to                 the falcon and keep it from flying off during the presentation.
  1. bate
  2. bait
6. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

If you're having trouble catching a fish, try an unconventional                .
  1. bate
  2. bait

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