Do you want to know the difference between 'coarse' vs 'course'? Look no further. This article will reveal the meaning of each word and when to use it.
Understanding what each word means is the best way to avoid misusing them and choose the right word for the context.
'Coarse' is an adjective. It can be used to denote something rough in texture.
The table surface is coarse; I need to go over it with sandpaper.
It can also describe something rude or harsh.
His approach was coarse and angered the audience.
A third meaning for the word is something composed of large particles.
The sand is coarse around these parts.
You'll notice a similar meaning across these definitions: a lack of refinement, unpolished, roughness.
Remember that adjectives are used to qualify nouns, so you'll note in the above examples 'coarse' always describes a noun in each sentence.
A 'course' is a journey, either literal or figurative. It can refer to the unfolding of events that take place in order to achieve a goal, or it can be a series of classes you take in order to learn something or obtain a qualification. It can also be the literal act of moving from one point to another. In this sense, it's a noun.
The best course of action is to give in to their demands.
I'm taking a yoga teacher training course.
The plane had to deviate slightly from its course to avoid a collision.
You'll also hear about courses where sports take place, such as a racecourse or a gold course. This meaning might seem unrelated to the others, but you can also picture this as a place where events unfold.
There are also sometimes courses in a meal. Again, this can be imagined as a journey the host takes their guests on.
Each course was even better than the previous one, and we were all full by the time dessert arrived.
'Course' can also be a verb. It has the same sense of movement along a specific path.
I could feel the blood coursing through my veins.
There's also another phrase that you've definitely heard before, and that's "Of course."
Now you know what these words mean, let's learn how to pronounce them. The good news is that, since they're homophones, they both sound the same.
'Coarse' and 'course' rhyme with 'horse,' 'source,' and 'endorse.' If we spell out the words phonetically, this is how they sound:
[ kohrs ]
[ kawrs ]
As for the phonemic spelling, the International Phonetic Alphabet spells the words this way:
/ kɔ:rs /
We'll now take a look at some examples of 'coarse' and 'course' used in a sentence, so you can see how they're used in context.
All the ingredients were of high quality, but the salt was a little coarse for my liking.
I won't tolerate any use of coarse language in my classroom.
The coarse fabric irritated her sensitive skin.
She was grateful for the course her life had taken.
Everyone is thrilled with the course of events that have taken place.
I have enrolled in an accounting course, and I'm enjoying it so far.
That concludes this article on the difference between 'coarse' and 'course.'
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