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V.10 - Homonyms, homographs, homophones

Homophones Quiz

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What are homophones?

A homophone is a word which sounds the same as another word, but has a different meaning and/or spelling.

Do you know the difference between some of the most common homophones in English?

Test your skills by choosing the correct homophone in the examples below!

Top tip: When you complete the exercise, check your answers and be sure to look for the meaning of each word in your dictionary.

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Homophones for Low-Intermediate Level

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Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings.

For example:

pear and pair

Pear - a sweet and juicy type of fruit.

Pair - a couple: two items of the same kind. A set of two similar things considered as a unit

Words with More Than One Meaning

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Elementary to Pre-Intermediate

Many English words have more than one meaning. If you only know one meaning, it is easy to get confused!

For example: Sweet.

Homophones for Pre-Intermediate Level

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Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings eg.

Please come here.
Did you hear that?

Complete the sentences with the correct word:
Lesson by Nasreen, EC Cape Town English school.

Words that are spelled differently but sound the same

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Today we have an exercise on homophones, which, as you have probably guessed from the title of the lesson, means words that are spelled differently but sound the same (They are sometimes called heterographs, but it's not important to get that technical).

For example, to, two, and too

Now choose the correct word for each sentence.

Do you know these homonyms?

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A Intermediate level lesson for you today.

Spending a lot of time on English language sites is a great way to practice your English. Leaving comments (as you can on this site) is an even better way to practise.

When writing English you should be careful of tricky homonyms.  A homonym is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different spelling and different meaning.

For example: flower and flour

Can you write a homonym for each each word below?

Words that have the same spelling and different meaning

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Today we're looking at homophones - words that have the same spellinds,but different meanings.

Take a look at the seven sentences and chose the correct meaning for the homonyms in the context they are shown.

Link: Learn English Collocations


Vocabulary and Pronunciation lesson

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In English there are a number of words that share a pronunciation but have a different meaning. For example:

"I can see the sea."

In the above sentence see and sea have different spellings and meanings, but have the same pronunciation. They are examples of homophones.

Take a look at these ten sentences. Decide which is the correct word to complete the sentence. Each of the words have the same pronunciation.

What are homonyms?

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What's a homonym?

Sun and son - what do these two words have in common?

That's right,  they're homonyms.

Homonyms are words that have different meanings and spellings, but share the same pronunciation.

Cartoon - English Joke 3

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The key to this joke is hair.

Hair has the same pronunciation as hare, which is an animal similar to a rabbit. So, when the woman tells him he has a stray hair, he thinks she is talking about his rabbit (his hare).

The word stray means 'away from its place.' In this case stray could refer to his hair or the rabbit.