Sign up Log in
English Language Institute

English Language Institute

speak english
23 Nov
ENG45  0

HOMONYMS

HOMONYMS

 

 

 

Homonyms refer to those words which have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings. Actually, there are two kinds of homonyms; when you have two words with the same spelling and pronunciation it’s called Homographs, but when only the pronunciation is the same you call it Homophones.

These are playing a really important role in dictation.

LEAD:

Lead:  the act of guiding someone or a group.

Lead: a soft, heavy, ductile metal, the chemical element of atomic number 82.

COOL:

You’ll like Paul; He’s a really cool guy. Easy-going and very friendly.

There was a lovely cool breeze coming off the sea.

DATE:

‘What’s today’s date?’ ‘The third’

‘I’ll meet you at the cinema at 8.’ ‘OK, that’s a date.’

SET:

Grey’s Anatomy is set in Seattle.

My wife bought me a chess set for my birthday.

FIT:

He goes to the gym every day. He’s very fit.

The trousers are too small. They don’t fit you.

BEAR:

I can’t bear people who never stop talking about themselves.

My four-year-old son won’t go anywhere without his teddy bear.

Some examples of homographs:

1)The road to the town center/ She rode a horse/ I rowed across the river.

2)The whole world/ a hole in the ground

3) A piece of cake/ war and peace

4) A rose is a flower/ flour to make bread

5) A yacht has sails/ buy clothes in the sales

6) Salespeople sell things/ a prisoner lives in a cell.

Also, Most of the English jokes are formed based on these homonyms, Here are two examples; read them, do you understand what’s the point? And which word is homonym?

1) 

A: How do you keep cool at a football match?

B: I don’t know!

A: Sit next to a fan.

2) 

A: Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?

B: I don’t know.

A: Because her students were so bright. 


Learning and Improving English by eng45.com 

 

 

Learning and improving English by ENG45.com


  Register

Comments (0)

Send Comment


Message

want to learn English Online

English educational institution 2010-2019.

Golden Global Co. © All Rights Reserved.