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Speaking Clearly and Confidently

Article from Heather Hansen

Here are a few funny phrases I pulled from an email I recently received. Can you read these sentences correctly on the first try? Enjoy!

  1. The farm was used to produce produce.
  2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  3. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.*
  4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  5. I did not object to the object.
  6. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  7. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

Here are the answers:

  1. The farm was used to produce produce.
  2. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  3. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  4. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  5. I did not object to the object.
  6. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  7. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

*If you have trouble remembering the difference between spelling desert (n. hot and baren landscape, v. to run away from, leave) and dessert (n. yummy treat, usually including chocolate), my mom taught me a great trick when I was little: “We always want more dessert, so we add an extra s!”

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