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Homonyms Quiz

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Words that sound like one another but have different meanings are called homonyms. Here we look at some examples of words that are pronounced alike and have different spellings.

Homonyms Example

Ate and eight are examples of homonyms.

Ate the past tense of eat: She ate a salad for lunch.
Eight the number 8: I've seen Star Wars eight times.

I and eye are examples of homonyms.

In the news: New Earth found?

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Astronomers have announced that they have _1_ a planet that likely exists in a temperature range where life could exist.

The new planet seen by a very powerful NASA _2_ is the most Earth-like yet found. Named ‘Kepler-438b’, it orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra and thought to have a landscape _3_ to Earth.

Vocabulary quiz: Choose the correct word

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A vocabulary quiz for you today. What's the situation in these 15 sentences? Only choose one answer for each multiple-choice question.

How many did you get correct? Leave your score, feedback and questions in the comments area.

Choose the correct answer from the three options:

Find the ten mistakes in these sentences

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Each of these sentences has a mistake. Can you find the ten mistakes?

Leave your answers in the comments area.

Click 'Show Answers' to see the correct sentences.

1) A poor remain poor.

2) These is the ones I was telling you about.

3) The horse look peaceful in the field below us.

4) Are you sure she went to an university in London?

5) He goes over all the information in him mind.

6) Sarah and Matthew has walked all the way through this valley.

Aliens, prepositions and more!

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Read through this short piece. Can you guess what the missing words are?

I've always been interested _1_ aliens, I never get tired _2_ reading and watching shows about them.

12 Weather Words

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Here are 12 words related to weather.  Read through them carefully. How many of them do you know?

Lightning
Barometer
Showers
Clear Sky
Flood
Breeze
Hail
Drizzle
Fog
Sandstorm
Humidity
Smog

Weather Descriptions

Read through these twelve sentences. Do you know which weather words are being described? Match the above words to their definitions:

A light wind is a _1_.

In the news: Is spicy food men's food?

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In your culture, is spicy food associated with masculinity? Does ordering the hottest thing on the menu make you more of a man?

A new study has revealed that men who like spicier foods have higher levels of testosterone. So basically, men who love spicy Indian curry are more manly - they have qualities traditionally ascribed to men, such as strength or bravery!

Instagram now more popular than Twitter

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Do you use social media? Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, which do you prefer and why?

Instagram, a photo- and video-sharing app owned by Facebook, announced on Wednesday that it now has 300 million monthly active users posting 70 million photos a day.

Since it was set up by co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in October 2010, Instagram has grown rapidly. It now appears to have overtaken micro-blogging service Twitter, which has 284 million monthly active users.

Drive Idioms

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In the driving seat

When you are in the driving seat, you are in control of a situation.

"During negotiations, he felt he was in the driving seat."

The driving force

The driving force behind someone or something is the person or thing that motivates and directs it.

"His wife was the real driving force behind his success."

Driving blind

'Shut' expressions

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When we close something or it becomes closed it is shut.

Can you shut the door, please?

She shut the suitcase.

He shut his eyes and listened to the music.

Here are some other common shut expressions:

Shut yourself away
When you stay at home so you don't have to see anyone, you shut yourself away. Usually because you or unhappy or because you need a quiet place to work/concentrate.