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Carat vs Caret vs Carrot vs Karat

Carat vs Caret vs Carrot vs Karat. Above the display card caret read “14 karat gold carrot brooch with a two carat diamond”. ErrNET copyediting is 24K gold!

Carat is a unit of weight in gemstones equal to 200 milligrams.

Caret is a mark (‸) made in written or printed matter to show the place where something is to be inserted.

Carrot is a plant, Daucus carota, of the parsley family, that has nutritious, orange to yellow roots that are eaten raw or cooked; something hoped for or promised as a lure or incentive.

Karat is a unit for measuring the fineness of gold, pure gold being 24 karats fine.

Carat, caret, carrot and karat all have identical pronunciations but different meanings and spellings. It is easily conceivable how these four words, with the same pronunciation and similar spellings, are commonly confused and misused in writing. Not to worry! ErrNET copyediting technology will make certain that they are never misused again!

Carat sentence examples:

Can you believe that he bought her a four carat diamond engagement ring?

The quality and price of a diamond are based on the “four Cs,” i.e., carat, color, clarity, and cut.

Caret sentence examples:

The caret symbol is also referred to colloquially as a hat, chevron and an upward arrow.

The caret, initially used to indicate the insertion of text, now has new meanings and uses in computer coding and social media.

Carrot sentence examples:

A carrot is a convenient and healthy snack.

Why are rabbits, especially Bugs Bunny, so obsessed with carrots?

Ginger and carrot soup is delightful.

The corporate executives decided to “dangle a carrot in front of the sales team and increase their commissions to ensure that they would close the deal.

Karat sentence examples:

He purchased a 24-karat gold ring from whom he thought was a reputable jeweler, but later found out it was only 15K when appraised from a different jeweler.

Out of desperation for cash, he melted down his 15-karat gold dental work and sold it to a gold dealer.

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