The Grammar Guide Spelling What is the difference between 'pice' and 'piece'?

What is the difference between 'pice' and 'piece'?

What is the difference between 'pice' and 'piece'?

The words pice and piece are often confused because of their similar spelling. We'll explain the difference.

Piece means a part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts when used as a noun.

Pice means a small copper coin of the East Indies, worth less than a cent when used as a noun.

A good way to remember the difference is a PIEce of the PIE.

Out of the two words, 'piece' is the most common. It appears about 553 times more frequently than 'pice'.

It's easy to misspell words that have silent letters and mix them up with other words.

Piece is a noun that means "a part of a whole." It can also be a verb that means "to mend, complete, or put together."

Pice is a noun. It is the plural form of a former coin of British India, known as a pie.

Should I use 'piece of cake' or 'pice of cake'?

The correct phrase is 'piece of cake'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Some synonyms of piece are: objet d'art, bring together, lump, portion, part.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of pice in a sentence

Perhaps a public porter earning a few extra pice and acquiring merit.
- Mourning Raga by Ellis Peters

Examples of piece in a sentence

It will be a piece of ``hard'' policy.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
She knew exactly what piece of paper I meant.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
Patsy Burke sat in her jewelry-making class, trying to thread a bead onto a piece of string.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
Assuming you return to us in one piece, we shall discuss what to do next.”
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Piece of cake to transport them.”
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp

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