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Arc vs Ark


Arc and ark, a curved line and the boat Noah built are unrelated words yet commonly misused. For heaven’s sake, use ErrNET to check your writing!

Arc as a noun is a part of the circumference of a circle or other curve. Synonyms: curve, arch, crescent, semicircle, half-moon.
Arc as a verb is to move with a curving trajectory.

Ark is (in the Bible) the ship built by Noah to save his family and two of every kind of animal from the Flood; Noah’s ark; a large, flat-bottomed boat.

Arc and ark are types of homonyms that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. Do not confuse these two words!

Arc sentence examples:

The young gymnast made a perfect arc when she bent backwards touching her palms to the floor.

The engineering students’ assignment was to determine the size of the arc of one of the downtown bridges.

The standup comedian showed a line drawing of an arc on a piece of paper during his performance and said it was his pie chart on procrastination.

While sleeping, I opened my eyes in the middle of the night and saw the most beautiful arc-shaped moon glaring through the window.

How dare the English execute the innocent heroine of France, Joan of Arc, especially in such a brutal and painful manner as being burned at the stake.

Ark sentence examples:

An ark was built by Noah.

During the holidays, Noah’s Ark was stolen from the mall Nativity set; the perpetrator is still at large.

Because of its flat bottom, an ark would make an excellent boat for navigating shallow waters.

The fifth grader’s December assignment was to build Noah’s Ark using paper mâché as the medium.

Can you name all of the animals that were on Noah’s Ark?

Thank God Noah built an ark to save the world from the great allegorical flood.


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