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'Cereal' or 'serial'?

The words cereal and serial are pronounced in the same way but have different meanings.

 Cereal is primarily used to refer to grains such as wheat or rye, or to breakfast food made from roasted grains, as in:

                I had a bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast.

 Whereas serial is most often used as an adjective meaning 'taking place in a series or sequence', or 'a person repeatedly following a behaviour pattern', for example, 'a serial publication' or 'a serial killer'.

 Serial can also be used as a noun to mean 'a story told in regular instalments', for example in a magazine or on radio, television, or podcast, as in:

                The crime serial was watched by people around the world.

 

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