English has a lot of confusing words and among the most confusing of them all are homophones. These are words that sound exactly the same when you say them, but they are spelled differently. There are hundreds of examples of words like this in English, with some of the most common being to/too/two, there/their/they’re, and compliment/complement.
Today we are going to over the homophones fair vs. fare. Given that these words sound the same and their spelling is only a few letters apart, it can be difficult to know which word to use when. This post will cover their definitions, the differences between the two, and some tips on how to tell them apart.
The word fare originated from Old English fær, faru ‘travelling, a journey or expedition’, faran ‘to travel’, also ‘get on (well or badly’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch varen and German fahren ‘to travel’, Old Norse ferja ‘ferry boat’, also to ford. The word fair originated from Old English fæger ‘pleasing, attractive’, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German fagar.
Fare as noun:
Fare as verb:
Fair as adjective:
Fair as adverb:
Fair as noun:
Fair or fare:
These two words are different in their meanings and it’s important to use the correct word, fare vs. fair. Fair has many different meanings as an adjective, adverb, and a noun. It most commonly means just and unbiased, pleasing, clear, and clean, or a public exhibition event. Fare can be used verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to go, get along, or succeed. As a noun, it refers to money spent for public transportation. A good way to remember the difference between these two words is by looking at the last two letters of fare. The cost of a fare can be redeemed.