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Difference Between Assay and Essay

Homophones are the words having similar spelling (or) pronunciation but with different meanings.


Here, Assay and Essay form a pair of Homophones. Let’s move on to find out the difference between the two.

What does assay mean?

▪ to test, examine or analyze

  1. The Goldsmith is assaying the ornaments.
  2. Can we assay the organization of your company?

▪ to make an attempt

  1. Alex assays hard to secure the top position.
  2. You need to assay to learn English well.

What does essay mean?

▪ a piece of composition – in the form of paragraphs

  1. The teacher asked me to write an essay.
  2. Can’t you write a simple essay on poverty?
  3. There are a lot of mistakes in your essay.

What’s the difference?

  1. Assay acts as a Verb while Essay acts as a Noun.
  2. Pronunciation of Assay: ai-say
    Pronunciation of Essay: e-say
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