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Vocabulary Lesson = stale v. spoiled


Both of these adjectives describe a negative condition of food, but there is a big difference between them.

stale (adj) = food that has gone hard with time…like bread or cake.

“Can you buy some fresh bread for breakfast on the way home? The loaf we have is stale.”

spoiled (adj) = food is unfit to eat….like over ripe fruit or meat, or milk that has gone sour.

“Oh no! The chicken is spoiled! Let’s order a pizza for dinner.”

Please note: you may see spoiled spelled spoilt in British/Australian English.

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