saw, soar, and sore

The Quick Answer
What is the difference between saw, soar, and sore?

Saw is the past simple of to see.
A saw is a hand tool for cutting wood or other hard materials.
To saw means to cut something with a saw.

To soar means to maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power.

A sore is a raw and painful place on the body.
Sore is an adjective meaning painful or aching.

Saw, Soar, Sore

Even though saw, soar, and sore sound identical, their meanings are quite different (i.e., they're homonyms).

Saw

Saw is the simple past tense of the verb to see. The past participle is seen.

A saw is a noun that describes a tool with a serrated blade used for cutting wood or other hard materials. The verb to saw means to cut something with a saw. The past tense of to saw is sawed.

Examples:
  • I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)
  • Egyptian saws were made of serrated, hardened copper which cut on both pull and push strokes.
  • When cutting wood along the grain, you should saw at a 60 degree angle to the material.

Soar

The verb to soar means to maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power. To soar also means to reach great heights. It is commonly seen in the phrase soaring prices.

Example:
  • Don't just fly, soar. (Dumbo)
  • There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. (Carl Sandburg)

Sore

The noun sore is a raw and painful place on the body. The adjective sore means painful or aching. When used figuratively, sore is most commonly seen in the following phrases:
  • sore winner
  • sore loser
  • sore spot
  • to stick/stand out like a sore thumb
  • a sight for sore eyes
Example:
  • I make sure I'm smiling every day, I'm laughing every day, no matter how sore or achy I am. (Booker T)
  • (Here, sore is an adjective.)
  • The virus is spread from person to person by kissing or another close contact with sores.
  • (Here, sore is a noun.)
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