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    Default pare/peel

    Is there a difference in usage?

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    Default Re: pare/peel

    To me, pare means to remove the unwanted parts (potato skin, rotten parts, etc). Peel simply means to remove the outer thin layer of vegetables and fruits

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    Default Re: pare/peel

    In order for you to peel something, it has to have a peel! But even after you peel a vegetable you may want to pare a bit off.

    But 'pare' isn't very common as a verb. Depending on the shape I was cutting I'd say slice/chop/dice. But 'paring' is more common in compound words: "cheese-paring" or "paring-knife" for example.

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    Default Re: pare/peel

    I was just thinking that I use my paring knife to peel things. (That's when the vegetable peeler won't work for some reason.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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