Mail or Male?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between mail and male?
As a noun, mail refers to letters or parcels sent by post.
As a verb, to mail means to send a letter or a parcel by post.
Male is an adjective that denotes someone's or something's gender as masculine. It is also a noun that refers to a masculine person, plant, or animal.
Mail or Male?The words mail and male sound identical, but their meanings are completely different.
- I get mail; therefore, I am. (Here, mail is a noun.)
- I'm not sure that I mailed them, although I did close the slot and open it again to check. (Here, mail is a verb.)
MaleThe noun male denotes something as masculine (i.e., not female). The word male may also be used an adjective.
- I wanted to be a male ballet dancer. (Here, male is an adjective.)
- The word "excess" has no meaning for a male. (Here, male is a noun.)
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