In the English language, Homonyms – are words that sound the same and are spelt the same but have different meanings.
Homophones – are words that sound alike but are spelt differently and have different meanings.
Here are some examples of homonyms and homophones and their definitions.
Rose – this can mean ‘to have just gotten up’ and it is also ‘the name of a type of flower’.
Type – can mean ‘to sort or group things together’ and it can also mean ‘to write on a keyboard’.
Point – can mean ‘the tapered and sharpened end of a tool or weapon’ and it can also mean ‘to draw attention to something by extending ones index finger or with a handheld implement of some sort’.
Right – can be used to mean ‘correct’ and it can also be used ‘in reference to direction or position’.
Date – can mean ‘a particular day of the year’ and it can also mean ‘a social or romantic appointment’.
Pear and Pair – pear is ‘the name of a type of fruit’ and pair means ‘two of something’ or ‘a couple’
Break and Brake – break means ‘to divide into pieces’ or ‘to interrupt an action or process temporarily’ and brake means ‘to slow down or stop a vehicle in motion’.
Cellar and Seller – cellar is used to refer to ‘a room below the ground level of a house’ and seller refers to ‘a person who sells something’.
Cereal and Serial – cereal refers to ‘a grain used for food’ or ‘a breakfast food made from roasted grain’. Serial refers to something that ‘forms part of a series’ or ‘repeatedly committing the same offence’.
Bare and Bear – bare can mean ‘naked and uncovered’ or ‘basic and simple’ and bear is ‘the name of a type of heavy mammal’ it can also mean ‘to carry’ or ‘to endure with difficulty’ or ‘to give birth to a child’.
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