Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

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Homonyms

Words that are Homonyms or multiple meaning words share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.  Examples of homonyms are demonstrated below. A bear (the animal) can bear (tolerate) very cold temperatures. The driver turned left (opposite of right) and left (departed from) the main road. In the spring (season), I watched a frog spring (leap) into the freshwater spring (natural source of water). Homophones Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically but have different spellings and meanings.  These words are a very common source of confusion when writing.  Examples of homophones include: to, too, and two; they’re, there, and their; bee and be; sun and son; which and witch; and plain and plane.  VocabularySpellingCity is a particularly useful tool for learning to correctly use and spell and use these sound-alike words.

Homographs

Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings and (often) different pronunciations. Homographs that have different pronunciations are also known as heteronyms or heterophones. Some examples of homographs are:

bass as in fish vs bass as in music, bow as in arrow vs bow as in bending or taking a bow at the end of a performance, close as in next to vs close as in shut the door, desert as in dry climate vs desert as in leaving alone.

Spell City – Explains the difference between Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

Brainpop Video – Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms  (02:38) Some words sound alike and mean something different. Some words mean the same thing, but sound totally different. And some words sound nothing alike and mean the total opposite! Here’s how to keep these words straight! Quiz | Activity | FYI | Time Line | Q&A  

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