Use the word "bake" when you cook something inside an oven.
- Vanessa likes to bake.
- She likes to bake cakes, muffins, and cookies.
- Something’s baking in the oven. It smells good, whatever it is.
- A 20-pound turkey will need to bake in the oven for about four to five hours. (bake = roast)
Pay attention to the "ed" ending after a "k." It forms a "t" sound.
- The chicken was baked in the oven. (past tense, passive voice)
- Vanessa baked a cake. (past tense)
He baked some muffins.
The word "baked" is an adjective:
- There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. (This sentence uses "baked" as an adjective.)
- Do you like baked potatoes?
- Bob and those guys stayed out in the sun too long and got totally baked. (baked = sunburned)
There are a few words closely related to the word "bake."
- A baker is a person who bakes things in the oven as a profession.
- A bakery is a place where you can buy baked goods (baked goods = bread, cake, donuts, cookies, etc.).
There are a few other ways to use the word "bake."
- His idea sounds half-baked. (His idea hasn’t been fully developed.)
- Mary has two buns baking in the oven. (She’s pregnant with twins.)
- Let’s allow this to bake for a few days before coming back to it. (Let’s give this situation or idea some time; let’s wait.)
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January 2, 2015