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What Are Homophones and Homographs And Why You Should Know Them

Native English speakers always get confused between these two terms- Homophones and Homographs. One because they almost sound the same and two...

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Native English speakers always get confused between these two terms- Homophones and Homographs. One because they almost sound the same and two because they have a very bleak difference. 

Now let us know about homographs and homophones. Homographs are when two words are pronounced in the same way but the spelling or meaning is different and homophones are when the spelling is the same and the pronunciation is different. Here are some examples of both: 

Homographs

  1. Read- When we talk about this word in the past tense we pronounce ‘read’ as ‘red’ and in the present tense it is ‘read’. 
  • I have read (red) this book. 
  • Do you know how to read and write in English? 
  1.  Present- One is the tense present and the other one means a gift. 
  • Live in the present and stop worrying about the past. 
  • What present are you going to give to John? 
  1. Minute- One is related to time and the other one means small. 
  • I’ll be back in a minute
  • Microorganisms are minute particles. 

Homographs

  1. Hair and hare
  • She has very beautiful hair. 
  • Kids really enjoy the story of the hare and the tortoise. 
  1.  Bare and bear 
  • Do not touch the socket with bare hands 
  • The bear is one of the most powerful animals in the jungle. 
  1. Pair and pear 
  • You can pair these shoes with the black socks 
  • Besides apples, pear is also my favourite fruit. 

There are several such concepts in English wherein they can be helpful to increase your written and spoken communication and also increase your vocabulary. Fluent Life offers one-to-one mentoring at your own convenience wherein you will be introduced to more such terms and a plethora of examples. The best part? You can learn at your own speed. 

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