Correct use of fare

Is it “fair” or “fare?  Well, how would you write this sentence?

A) People with high energy fair well in sports.

B) People with high energy fare well in sports.

The correct choice is B! Why?

The word fare is a verb from the Old English word faran, which means “to journey.” For example, seafarers travel on the sea, and wayfarers travel along roads. 

Another word we get from faran is farewell. In modern times, this is a synonym for goodbye. However, originally, it was a shortened form of the saying “may you fare well.” It was usually said to someone departing on a trip.

This meaning of fare is seen in the expression “not so much as a fare-thee-well.” For example, you could say: She left for college without so much as a fare-thee-well! So, she left without saying goodbye. 

To fare usually means “to get along” or “to do “:

How did she fare in math class?

He’s not faring too well at the factory.

So what about fair?

Fair can be used as a verb that refers to the weather. Hopefully, the clouds will pass, and it will fair up. Fair can also mean “to make smooth or level.”

Now that you know how to use fare and fair as verbs, make sure also to learn how they are used in other parts of speech! 

Related: We whole a whole section on similar words. Check it out!

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