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Homonyms, homophones, and homographs can sometimes be very confusing and
difficult for English learners to understand. There are so many words in English
that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings. Finally, some words are
spelled the same, but they have different meanings with the same or different
This part first explains the meanings of homonym, homophone, and homograph. It
then gives examples of these words which English language learners will
encounter in their studies. (Hopefully my presentation has been helpful to you)
Homonyms (homo meaning same and nym meaning name) are Words that share
the same spelling and same pronunciation but different meaning. It’s important not
to misuse homonyms, though, because the meaning of what you want to say can
change drastically if you confuse the word’s meaning.
In the first sentence is a verb meaning to scale or to cut or remove the fins in the
skin from the fish to cut that away and the second sentence scale is a now which is
a device that measures weight so you put the fish on the scale which is a noun so
noticed that they both have the same spelling you pronounce them the same but
they have different meaning and this is what makes them homonyms
For example, if your friend tells you that he saw a murder on the way home from work, you’ll probably
want to clarify whether he means that he witnessed a violent crime or whether he saw a group of crows.
This is because it will be difficult to tell which he means over the phone or in a text message, as the words
are spelled the same and pronounced the same. (However, it will probably be easy to tell which he means
in person, as you’ll be able to see what kind of facial expression he’s making!)
There, their, and they’re are probably the most misused words in the English
language. They’ve been misused on restaurant signs, in Internet comments, and
across bumper stickers. What is it about these words that makes their usage so
tricky? The answer: they’re homophones.
Homophones (homo meaning same and phone meaning sound) are words that are
pronounced the same but are different in meaning. They differ from homonyms
because they are not spelled the same, as you can look at the example of
sun s u n is a big ball of gas fiery gas in the sky but son is a male child when it's
spelled s o n ,again same pronunciation sun sun different spellings s u n s o n in
different meanings. git it okay , let’s move on
Homographs (homo meaning same and graph meaning writing) differ from
homonyms and homophones in that homographs are not pronounced the same.
They are spelled the same, however, and are different in meaning. They are not so
easily confused in spoken English, but they can be tricky to spot in written English.
(Word that are spelled the same but they have different meaning. They are often
(close) pronounced differently)
Consider the word
record /ˈrek.ɔːd/ which is a musical disc that you play to hear sound in a record
which means to write down their spelled the same they are pronounced differently
record and record and they have different meanings these are homograph
By considering the differences between the words themselves—nym, phone, and
graph—it’s easier to grasp and remember their definitions.
While the English language doesn’t make it easy, understanding the differences
between words that look or sound the same is important for getting your point
across and for understanding others, both of which are key to successful
In spite of the widespread opinion that homonyms are accidental creations and
therefore purposeless, they are part of language and are quite creative in the field
of humor as puns and puzzles.
Why Is It Essential to Use Homophones Correctly?
Homophones are often a tricky part of correct grammar. In English language, a few
of the often used homophones form a significant part of the common grammar
While homophones may be a bit confusing especially to ESL(e as second
language) students, learning it consistently will help you use homophones
properly. Once you are able to understand the right usage of homophones, you’ll
be able to avoid mistakes in English grammar as well as improve your overall
understanding of the English language.
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