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Berth vs. Birth (Grades 11-12)

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Berth vs. Birth

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

Berth is a word that describes a place where a ship moors, a sleeping spot on a train or ship, or a position in a sporting organization. The sailor stayed in his berth all day.

Birth is the process of being born. Sarah witnessed the berth of her little brother.

Fill in the blanks in the sentences below to practice using these two words correctly.

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

In the evening, sailors retreat to the                 room to rest.
  1. berthing
  2. birthing
2. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

When the cow is in labor, we will take her to the                 room.
  1. berthing
  2. birthing
3. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

In the train car, the seats folded down and connected to form the lower                .
  1. berth
  2. birth
4. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

The American Revolution helped spur the                 of a new nation.
  1. berth
  2. birth
5. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

The captain of the destroyer decided to                 the ship off the coast of the island to keep the crew safe at night.
  1. berth
  2. birth
6. 
Choose the word that best fits in the blank.

My mother had to contact the local health department to obtain a copy of my                 certificate.
  1. berth
  2. birth

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