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Plane and plain


In Maths, a plane is a flat surface. But the word is also short for aeroplane. Both are nouns. In carpentry, a plane is a tool for smoothing surfaces.

"All the books were on the same plane as the shelves were carefully positioned."

Plain means to be simple or uncomplicated and is an adjective.

"James was wearing a plain tie for this most sombre of occasions."

Advice and advise
Affect and effect
Bought and brought
Complement and compliment
Discreet and discrete
Hear and here
Its and it's
Lead and led
Less and fewer
Licence and license
Loose and lose
  Plane and plain
Poor, pore and pour
Practice and practise
Principal and principle
Sort and sought
Stationary and stationery - new!
There, their and they're
Threw, through and thorough
To and too
Warn and Worn
Whose and who's
Your and you're

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