sail vs sale vs sell : Common Errors in English

About sail vs sale vs sell

These simple and familiar words are surprisingly often confused in writing. You sail a boat which has a sail of canvas. You sell your old fondue pot at a yard sale.

sail Meaning(s)

  • (n) a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  • (n) an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  • (n) any structure that resembles a sail
  • (v) traverse or travel on (a body of water)
  • (v) move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
  • (v) travel on water propelled by wind
  • (v) travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

sale Meaning(s)

  • (n) a particular instance of selling
  • (n) the general activity of selling
  • (n) an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
  • (n) the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling
  • (n) an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)

sell Meaning(s)

  • (n) the activity of persuading someone to buy
  • (v) exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
  • (v) be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
  • (v) persuade somebody to accept something
  • (v) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  • (v) give up for a price or reward
  • (v) be approved of or gain acceptance
  • (v) be responsible for the sale of
  • (v) deliver to an enemy by treachery

sail in News

  1. Carnival Triumph will again sail from Galveston

    The Carnival Triumph is expected to sail from Galveston on Thursday afternoon.  It was out of service for a makeover from bow to stern after a fire in February.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KPRC Local 2 Houston

  2. June 12 SAIL Swimmers of the Week

    SAIL Coaches: Nominate your Swimmer's of the Week by sending their names, photos and a brief explanation for why they were selected to jaolson@greenvillenews.com.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Greenville News

  3. Photos: Sail Nauticus opens in downtown Norfolk

    NORFOLK -- The long-awaited Community Sailing Center opened Wednesday in downtown Norfolk with nearly two dozen sailboats on the Elizabeth River. Called Sail Nauticus, the program is designed to teach young people about sailing and maritime sciences. Proceeds help pay for programs for children who may not otherwise have the chance to have the sailing experience. There are summer camps and you ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: 13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads

sale in News

  1. Homes for Sale in Goodlettsville, TN Now Listed for Sale Online for Buyers by HeadHouse Properties

    Homes for sale in Goodlettsville, TN are now listed online by the HeadHouse Properties company for buyers. This company has created a new website to showcase these homes and the properties can be viewed online at http://mywifehomes.com/listing/goodlettsville-tn-37072 . (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/goodlettsville-homes-sale/tn-homes-for-sale-online ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. For sale: Decommissioned missile silo, 40 feet underground

    87 Hale Hill Lane, Lewis, N.Y. For sale: $750,000It's the one home where curb appeal doesn't matter, quips listing agent Brian Dominic of Select Sotheby's International Realty.He's right: At first glance, the home in upstate New York isn't anything more than a steel door in the middle of the Adirondacks. But it's below the ground that matters.Forty feet underground is the actual residence, set ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Sale of Northridge Mall signals change

    The sale of Northridge Mall in Salinas to an international group of investors last week begs the question: What role will the city's only indoor shopping mall play in the future retail landscape?
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Salinas Californian

sell in News

  1. Safeway to sell Canadian grocery operations

    Safeway Inc. will sell its supermarket operations in Canada to food retailer Sobeys for 5.8 billion Canadian dollars ($5.7 billion).
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Tacoma News Tribune

  2. Safeway to sell Canadian stores

    Safeway Inc. will sell its supermarket operations in Canada to food retailer Sobeys for 5.8 billion Canadian dollars ($5.7 billion).
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Olympian

  3. Safeway To Sell Canadian Operations To Sobeys For C$5.8 Bln - Quick Facts

    Safeway To Sell Canadian Operations To Sobeys For C$5.8 Bln - Quick Facts
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Nasdaq

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