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A role is an actor's portrayal of a character or a job or function
A roll is a list (usually of names) or a piece of bread.
To roll usually means to gather by rolling or to move by rotating.
Role and Roll
Writers often confuse the words role
The noun role
means an actor's portrayal of a character
or a job or function (of a person or thing)
- Teddy was totally convincing in the role of Shylock.
- What's your
role onboard this aircraft?
- The thermostat's role is to keep the temperature below 200 degrees so the casing does not melt.
The word roll
has several meanings:
To move by rotating or gather by rolling.
To move on wheels
- Roll the hay bale down the hill.
- Roll over a bit. You're hogging the bed.
- Roll your sleeves up and roll me the best cigar ever.
- The skateboarders rolled past the park attendant, and he did not say a word.
- Please check the nominal roll to ensure we're all present.
A small round piece of bread (i.e., a bread roll).
- Roll the cameras.
- Roll the credits.
- Would you like butter on your roll?
Select the correct version:
ROLL THE BALL
The word roll usually has a circular, spherical, or cylindrical connotation. For example:
- Roll a cigar
- Roll the film
- Roll away.
Let the last two letters of ball
A LIST ISN'T ROUND
The most obvious exception to this is when roll
. In this case, let the last letter of roll
remind you of list
. Alternatively, think of a scroll
containing a list of names.
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