Easily Confused Words: Bale vs. Bail

Bale and Bail are homophones and easily confused words. The spell-check of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up among these three words. As long as it’s a word and it is spelled correctly, spell-check keeps on scanning the document.

Bale is a noun. It means a bundle of cotton or hay on a farm.

Bail is a noun. It means the amount of money required to remove someone from prison as they await trial.

The following sentence uses both words correctly:

 Billy couldn’t post bail for his arrest; he was caught stealing a farmer’s truck containing over 50 bales of cotton.

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