Carry/Wear

Introduction

Do you wear jeans or carry them? Find out more about these confusing English verbs below, then do the exercise and put your knowledge to the test.

It’s raining today so Melanie is wearing a raincoat and wellies. In one hand she is carrying an umbrella and in the other she has some books. Today she has to carry so many books home from school that she can’t fit them all in her bag. She likes walking home in the rain.

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Wear

  • have something on your body, for example: clothes, sunscreen, glasses, jewellery or make-up
Example:
Melanie is wearing a raincoat and wellies.
Melanie isn’t wearing her glasses.
  • style your hair in a particular way
Example:
Melanie is wearing her hair in a ponytail.
The policeman wears a moustache.

Carry

  • take something/someone from one place to another
Example:
Melanie is carrying a heavy bag.
In her bag, she is carrying books home from school.
  • take something with you everywhere you go
Example:
Melanie always carries an umbrella in her bag.
In some countries, police carry guns.
I never carry much money on me when I travel.