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Miner and Minor

Commonly Confused Words


The noun miner refers to a person who works in a mine. The noun minor refers to someone who is under legal age or to a secondary area of academic study. As an adjective, minor means lesser or smaller.


  • "It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior." (George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier)

  • Professor Longbottom pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and illegally transporting a minor across state lines.

  • "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star." (Stephen Hawking)

(a) _____ burns, unlike more serious ones, usually heal without leaving a scar.

(b) Mr. Castle is the grandson of a _____ from the Kentish coalfields.

(c) At the time of the offense, on his 16th birthday, Paul was still a _____.

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