Do You Know Your Homonyms?
Green Bay, Wisconsin
September 14, 2018 10:59am CST
I've known what they are, but until recently didn't know what they were called? Do you, before I go on to explain? Homonyms are words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. For instance, in the title, there are two examples, used correctly. Know and No Your and You're How about: To, Too, and Two There, They're, and Their Pore, Poor, and Pour Its and It's Many people use words incorrectly without realizing it, and it can get frustrating to an avid reader when a common word is misused as it changes the entire meaning of the text around it. Two words that aren't homonyms yet are abused all the time are lose and loose. This particular one is my pet peeve. Even Word will want me to use loose when I mean lose. I do know the difference between losing something and having loose-fitting clothes. If you don't know what word you're supposed to use, say the sentence out loud. In the sentence I just used, you're is correct, but you would know that if you said: If you don't know what word you are supposed to use. Break down your contractions and you will always use the right word in your writing. A blog site such as myLot is a great place to practice your writing. When you do, you will get it right every time. Have fun writing. Thanks for reading.
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Do you mean Birne - fruit and part of a lamp? I've just seen that you've written the solution in the photos. I thought it was an English word with two meanings we should find and couldn't understand it. I'd never think of 'Schale' for the lower one. Only 'plate' comes to mind.
• Pensacola, Florida
The golfer yell "fore" before hitting a "four" shot to par out on the green. "for his next shot he boggy. To "see" the "sea" in all it's "fury" in a storm makes you glad you have a "Furry" pet to cuddle with. What do you "hear" "here" "Bea" wanted the "bee" sitting on the edge of the "pitcher" to "be still so she could take a picture. You have got me on a roll (which also has a homonym "role").
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
The one that always got me until I sat down and really looked at it and finally got it right, was piece and peace. I was in third grade and got that one wrong on every spelling test until I looked at the meaning. I haven't gotten it wrong since.
• Staten Island, New York
Then/than, it's/its and they're/their/there are probably the most common mistakes made by people, even native speakers. And it becomes obvious when people simply made a typo or when it's a real mistake they don't even know they are making. Maybe if people bothered to always proofread what they write that could be avoided. Although if people write "it's" when it should be "its" and think they are correct, proofreading won't fix that.