by Daisy Dao
'Carmel' and 'Caramel,' it's easy to confuse these two words. In fact, many people do. It's amazing the confusion that one extra letter (in this case, the letter 'a') can cause. Both English and non-English speakers will confuse themselves with these two words.
Such mix-ups can be quite embarrassing to the speaker and confounding to the listener or reader.
But there is a simple trick you can use to avoid mixing yourself up with these similar-looking but quite different words.
This article will illustrate how to spot the difference between these words and clear up any confusion once and for all.
The first thing to confirm is what each word means.
the word without the extra 'a' - is a noun. It is used to name a person as well as a place. It does not carry a special meaning other than to be the proper name for someone or some place. So, Carmel is the name of a famous Californian beach town. It is also the name of a mountain in Israel. You cannot use the word 'Carmel' as a verb. It also cannot be used as an adjective.
The word 'caramel' - the one with the extra 'a' - is also a noun. It can also be used as an adjective to describe something. Caramel means a sweet, chewy candy that is made from sugar, butter, cream or milk. It is light-brown in color and is like toffee.
Caramel also means a food coloring or flavoring that is made by heating syrup or sugar.
Another meaning for the word 'caramel' has to do with its color. Caramel means light brown.
So, as you can see already 'Carmel' and 'Caramel' are two different words with different meanings. It is not a misspelling of the same word.
Are you still unsure about how to use both words without looking like a moron?
Let's examine the differences closer and choose a food Tupperware today.
As noted earlier, the extra letter 'a' is what makes both words different. Besides, you will quickly notice that one word has two syllables while the other has three syllables. Syllables help you to pronounce words easier.
So, 'Carmel' is the shorter word with two syllables.
That is 'Car-mel.'
The second word, 'caramel' - the one with the extra 'a' - has three syllables.
That is 'car-a-mel'.
Are you seeing the difference now?
You should. Now you might be thinking, 'OK, I got it. Carmel and caramel are different words, but how can I use them in sentences? '
Remember that Carmel is the name of a place or person, while caramel is the sweet light-brown candy.
That said, here is a sentence in which you can use the word 'Carmel'.
You can see in that sentence that 'Carmel' is the name of the place Jean's husband may be planning to visit this year. As you can see, this word is also a proper noun that refers to the name of a town. Let's take another example.
In this example, Carmel is the name of the person who hates doing her assignment over again. Again, 'Carmel' is the proper noun that names the person "Carmel Jones."
OK, so let's look at how to use the word 'caramel' in sentences. Here's an example.
See that the word 'caramel' means the sweet treat that little Suzie is chewing. Here is another example of how you can use the word 'caramel.'
In that example, the word caramel is acting as an adjective to describe the color of Janet's coat. Remember that 'caramel' is described as being light brown. So, the sentence could have said:
So, you get the picture of how the words 'Carmel' and 'caramel' are different and can be used in sentences. Once applied correctly, everyone will understand exactly what you mean.
Let's see what this next sentence says about both words.
Does that sentence make sense? No doubt, the reader will understand that Carmel is the person who enjoys using caramel flavorings.
Another thing about the word 'caramel' is that to become a verb, it must change to 'caramelize,' by adding the suffix' ize.' So, here is the word 'caramel' in its new form:
By now, you would have seen that the words 'Carmel' and 'caramel' are quite different. Here are a few tips to remember their differences:
By now, you should not be confused by these two words, 'Carmel' and 'caramel.' You should have no doubt now when it is the best time or context to use either word. There is no misspelling. Each word is different and means different things. Each word also has its context. Whenever you need to refer to a place or person, the word to use is 'Carmel.' When talking about a sweet treat made of sugar or syrup or when referring to food flavors, then ' caramel' is the word to use. That said, where would you put each word in this sentence?
"Restaurants in the town of __________ serve food that is also flavored with _____________."
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending most of her day enjoying the ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experimented with baking, roasting, broiling, poaching, grilling (and every other cooking technique you can think of); and with all kinds of spices too. Now she is ready to present her experience: the art of cooking healthy food without any pre-packaged ingredients; food product recommendations for people who need a bit more guidance on what goes into their bodies; how to maintain an active lifestyle without having to give up your favorite foods!