People often struggle when choosing whether to use “breathe” or “breath” in a sentence. The difference between these two words is that “breathe” is a verb (to do something) and “breath” is a noun (can be counted).
The easiest way to make it a simple choice is to just say it out loud. If you read your sentence and say the word with a long “e” sound (breeth), then use the one with an “e” at the end (breathe). If not, then use the one without an “e” (breath).
Examples: The hug was so tight, I could barely breathe. I like to breathe deeply when I exercise. Did you see him breathe?
Examples: She said to take a breath before speaking. I took two breaths and then read the sentence out loud. I could see my breath.
When you’re trying to decide which word to choose, breathe in deeply, count your breaths, and remember that the “e” makes the all of the difference.
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