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“Piece” vs. “Peace”

Peace and piece sound the same, but have different meanings and different spellings. In this Grammar.com article, you will learn the differences between these two confusing words.

Give me a piece of cake and then leave me in peace.

One of the most commonly mistaken pair of words in English language is piece and peace. Bothare pronounced as ‘pees’ but they spell and mean differently. People are mostly aware of themeaning of these words but they get confused while using them in sentences. Some examplesare explained underneath which will not only clarify their meaning but also abate the commonmisperception in their usage.

Piece as noun:

Piece when used as a noun means a section or a portion of an object which results from slicing,cutting or partitioning it. When a whole thing is broken down into fragments then each of thesefragments is a piece of the original thing.

She could not complete the puzzle because a piece was missing.

Piece is sometimes used as a noun for describing a creation of art, music or a writtenmasterpiece. This piece’s meaning is almost similar to the previous one, only the object isdifferent. There the thing was a materialistic object which can be divided into segments buthere, the object is some creation of artistry.

Tom’s piece was published in New York Times last month.

Piece as verb:

Piece when used as a verb has an opposite meaning then when it is used as a noun i.e.assemble something together to make a whole. Having synonyms like compose, construct andmend, Piece can be used when putting something together is involved.

“Piece up your weapons sergeants, we’re going to war,” said the lieutenant.

In this example, the lieutenant is commanding his sergeants to assemble their weapons and getready for war.

Peace as noun:

Peace with an e suggests a state of tranquility and calmness where the person is surrounded byno troubles or disturbances. The silence and quiet of an area or a situation is also representedby peace.

I would like a moment of peace please.
The mother can hardly find peace with a toddler around.

Peace is also used as a noun to describe a situation of no war or the end of war. White dove is asymbol of peace just like white flag is a symbol of friendship. When two warring countries orstates agree to sign a pact of friendship they restore peace.

The two countries are finally at peace.

The same peace is used to restore a friendship or a relationship between two people.

After all these years, she made peace with Alex.

Piece or peace:

When you cut a thing and divide it into tiny parts you make pieces out of it but when you decideto forget the past and restore friendship with an old friend you make peace with her.Remember that piece can be used as a noun and a verb, Arson pieced up the last of his poemand went to the stage, but peace can ONLY be used as a noun. Can’t a man get peace aroundhere?

So next time you are writing a piece make sure you choose the right one!

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