Home study: words that sound the same but have a different meaning
As some of you do not study the English language at an English langauge school or with a private teacher/tutor, I will post some English learning activities here for you to do at home or somewhere you can get wireless internet (eg a café or library).
Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spelling and different meanings. The different spelling of the word indicates the meaning is different. The only way to understand homophones is to know their meanings and use them.
The pair of words given in the following exercises sometimes cause spelling errors as they contain the same vowel sound.
Choose the proper word (from the choice of two given for each sentence) and complete the sentences below. Use your dictionary if you need to. I will post the answers in a few days at the bottom of this post.
Please ________ your name in the __________ side of the page.
We’ll have to _________ for the trolley to help us lift such a heavy ________.
They’re not sure _____________ the _____________ will improve by tomorrow morning.
They ____________ the tired horses along the dusty _________.
I had a late breakfast of cooked _______ and watched the exciting ________ on TV.
The __________ of the school said that the most important ________ to remember was that, ‘Honesty is the best policy’.
The _________ of the police ensured that the stolen _________ were returned to the correct address.
The building ________ was an ugly ________ for the tourists.
I am so happy he’s finally _________ his driving test. He’s done so much study and practice in the __________ few months.
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Answers: 1. write,right 2. wait, weight 3. whether, weather 4. rode, road 5. cereal, serial 6. principal, principle 7. presence, presents 8. site, sight 9. passed, past.