March 24, 2017

Learning English Homonyms


Hi there! This is another English Chat’s feature on learning English. We are delighted to see that you make the effort to improve every day. On this site, we have learned countless vocabulary and expressions that are certainly crucial in mastering the English language. Today, we are going to help you solve a confusion that many of you face when learning new words – homonyms. Homonyms are words that sound the same but have very different meanings.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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Homonyms

Although you have been given the definition of homonyms, we still want to provide you with some examples so that you can understand it more clearly.

Example 1: Those four things are for you.

Example 2: The hole was filled with wholegrains.

The bolded words are homonyms. They sound the same but, as you can see, do not mean the same at all! In order to make sure that you have grasped this concept firmly, try to identify homonyms in the following quiz (the answer will be given further below):

Quiz: I want you to bare with me as I teach you how to go on to the hire lessons on English Chat. When you complete the hole video, you will be a much better student because you will no how to read and right like a native speaker.

Advanced Grammar

Let’s first look at the word homonym itself. Homo is a root word that means the same and nym is the root word that means name. So homonyms are words with the same name. However, even if you completed the quiz above splendidly, you may not know that there are two types of homonyms! That’s right! They are homophone and homograph.

  1. Homophones: are words that sound the same but are written differently and have different meanings – phone is a root word that means sound. For example: bare (naked) and bear (a large animal that sleeps through winter) are homophones.
  2. Homographs: are words that sound and are written the same but have different meanings = graph is a root word that means write. For example: bear (a large animal that sleeps through winter) and to bear (to tolerate or to carry something) are homographs.

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More examples

  1. Hire (verb): to pay someone so that person work for you. Example: I want to hire someone with experience.

Higher (adjective): taller, has more height, more difficult, etc. Example: I want to learn more English so that I can read books of higher levels.

 

  1. Whole (adjective): complete, entire, not damaged. Example: I want to have the whole pizza to myself.

Hole (noun): an empty space underground that you can fall into; a disgusting place. Example: They just dig up a new hole right outside our house and dad fell right in and broke his leg.

 

  1. Write (verb): of course you must know this word!

Right (noun): what you deserve to have because you are entitled to it. Example: Freedom of speech is our basic right.

Right (adjective): correct. Example: This is the right choice

 

  1. No (adjective, adverb): negative

Know (verb): to have information of something, to understand something.

Now that you have learned more about homonyms, try to attempt the quiz above again. After finishing it, check with the answer given below to see how well you did.

Answer: I want you to bear with me as I teach you how to go on to the higher lessons on English Chat Online. When you complete the whole video, you will be a much better student because you will know how to read and write like a native speaker.

I hope you have scored perfectly on that quiz! This is also the end of our lesson. We hope that you have enjoyed it and find it useful for yourself. We look forward to seeing you again at English Chat. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or to join other in our English Chat Room and discuss what you just learned.

Until next time!


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