When you go on a nature walk in a school setting, your teacher might tell you to observe the flora and fauna in the woods. Flora is plant life; fauna refers to animals.
Fauna derives from the name of a Roman goddess, but the handiest way to remember the difference between flora and fauna is that flora sounds like flowers, which are part of the plant world; fauna, however, sounds like "fawn," and fawns are part of the animal kingdom.
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To allot is to divvy up. You might allot a few hours of your day to study for a test. The words a lot refer to a large amount. If you're taking a hard class, you'll need to allot a lot of hours to study!
Cannon, with two n's, is a long heavy gun on wheels. Lose an n and the word canon is a set of rules or traditions. If you thought these words were spelled the same, you're not wrong: they used to be.
If you're allowed to eat cookies after dinner but your brother isn't, don't say it aloud. To be allowed to do something is to have permission, but to say something aloud is to speak it.
To alter is to change, as in to alter a skirt that's too long or alter your outdoor plans if it rains. An altar is a place that serves as a center of worship.
A border is an outer edge around something like a puzzle or a country. Add an "a" and a boarder is a person who pays to live and eat somewhere, like boarding school.
Canvas is a thick cotton cloth, the kind Van Gogh painted Starry Night on. Add an "s," and to canvass is to go door to door discussing your favorite politician with your neighbors.
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