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Content Design - English Words Can be Difficult

It can become confusing because there is an overlap in the definitions.

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Homonyms


Homonyms are words with identical pronunciations but different spellings and meanings or can be words with identical pronunciations and identical spellings but different meanings.


Examples:

Write/Right

The boy wrote a mathematical theorem.

The boy exited stage right.


Pitcher

The waitress poured water from a pitcher.

The baseball pitcher won the game with a strikeout.


Homophones


Homophones are a type of homonym that sound alkie and have different meanings with different spellings.


Examples:


To/Too/Two

He went to the store.

His mother went too.

There were two people in the store.


Toe/Tow

The man hit the toe on his right foot with a hammer.


Pray/Prey

You need to pray you do not become prey to the tiger.


Homographs


Homographs are spelled the same but have different sounds and meanings.


Examples:


Lead (to go in front of, a verb)/Lead (a metal, a noun)

The verb, lead, is pronounced /Leed/, with a long e similar to the word, recede. The noun referring to the metal, however, is pronounced /Led/, with a short e similar to the word, Ted.


Wind (turn as in a watch spring, a verb)/Wind (a gust of air, a noun)

The verb, wind, is pronounced with a long i, similar to the word, find. The noun, wind, is pronounced with a short i similar to the word, pinned.


Bass (low, deep sound)/Bass (a type of fish)

The word for a low, deep sound is pronounced with a long a similar to the word, base. The word for type of fish is pronounced with a short a similar to the word, at.





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