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23 / 10 / 2008

CARRY vs WEAR (REVISION): meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's Daily Vitamin was originally covered in March of 2004. Once again, we look at two very common English verbs that often cause confusion: carry and wear. Remember that carry means to hold something in your hands and take it somewhere and wear is when you have something on your body as clothing or decoration, such as jewellery.

Consider the following examples:

Example 1
Jack...can you please help me carry that box; it's very heavy!

Example 2
I think I'm going to wear my favourite earrings tonight; it's a special occasion.

Example 3
My wife never carries a purse. She prefers to carry a small rucksack.

What do you think is the correct option for the following example?

Example 4
When it is very sunny, I like to ________ a hat.
A. Wear
B. Carry

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By the way, the correct answer to example 4 is "When it is very sunny, I like to wear a hat." A hat is clothing.

Have a great day!