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Homophones

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Homophones are words that have the same sound (pronunciation), but different meanings and usually, spelling.

Examples

These words have the same sound, but different meanings and spelling:

I have two brothers. (number)
We’re going to the park. Would you like to come too? (also)

These words have the same sound and spelling, but different meanings:

She has fair hair. (her hair is light in colour)
That's not fair! (reasonable)

Sometimes we can have three:

It's their house. (possessive)
The white one over there?  (location)
They're painting it yellow. (contraction- They are)

Lesson by Nasreen, teacher at EC Cape Town English school

Choose the correct word to complete these sets of sentences:

  • 1. ___ you like to join us?



  • 2. This desk is made of ___.



  • 3. Would you like a window or an ___ seat?



  • 4. He's from the ___ of Man.



  • 5. I'm ___. Let's do something else.



  • 6. You can't ___ the train without a ticket.



  • 7. That song was written ___ John Lennon.




  • 8. I'll see you tomorrow. ___!




  • 9. Did you ___ any new clothes yesterday?




  • 10. My German ___ starts in February.



  • 11. This surface isn't smooth, it's ___.



  • 12. Be careful. There's a ___ in the field. You might fall.



  • 13. He ate the ___ cake!



  • 14. It took us an ___ to get there.



  • 15. That's ___ house. The white one on the corner.



  • 16. The mountains look beautiful covered in ___.



  • 17. I'm late because I ___ the bus.



  • 18. She read the story ___.



  • 19. You're not ___ to go there.



  • 20. That rose has a lovely ___.




  • 21. I ___ my girlfriend roses for her birthday.




  • 22. He's so stingy! He wouldn't pay a ___!