Homonym or homophone?

Hello there!

Let me start with a question? When is a homophone not a homophone? Well, apparently when it’s a homonym. Oh No! I hear the eagle-eyed grammar brigade cry, ‘they are not the same!’

Affect and effect are examples of homonyms, and Allowed and aloud are homophones.

So basically homonyms are words that sound alike but may be spelt differently and have a different meaning while homophones sound the same, can sometimes be spelt the same, and have different meanings.

As I said in my last blog I am not the definitive expert on English Grammar, but I love English, therefore, anything I write on this blog is purely my opinion.

There are fantastic websites out there such as:

https://www.grammarly.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/English

www.grammar-monster.com

yourdictionary.com

www.theschoolrun.com

http://www.thesaurus.com

There are of course many more great websites, and if you are ever unsure about one particular website, then do a quick internet search to find others and compare the information on each.

You may think that you do not have time to search and compare, however if you want what you write to be of a good standard, that extra time is well spent. After all, you want people to remember what you wrote, for the right reasons.

Also, remember folks that this blog won’t always be about Grammar, I may discuss what is going on in the news or as an unpublished writer, I may throw a few stories or poems into the mix.

All I can say is watch this space!

Thanks for reading.

Tricia

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No Text please, we’re British!

As a person who loves words, using words (in excess some would argue) and looking up new words, I find it disconcerting to read sentences as though written for text messages.

I know I sound like a grammar grump, but trust me, there are worse folk out there than me! They are probably reading this and counting the number of grammatical faux pas I have made so far!

This article is not meant to come straight out of an Oxford English lecture but is simply my opinion on English.

In the written and verbal sense,  English Language is as wonderful as it is complex and at times, I believe that we make our lives much more difficult for ourselves when we use text language.

Now, you may argue that the language used is text messages are appropriate in that context, and yes I would agree, except that ‘practice becomes custom’ as my mother has always told me. In other words, what you practice becomes the norm. So the more that teenagers use shortened versions of words, the more likely it is, that these words slip out of their mobiles and into their everyday life and academic work.

An example that I find more and more are words like ’your’ are frequently used instead of ‘you’re’.

Now that I think about it, there are many words which are also regularly used in the wrong context but may not necessarily be due to the amount of usage in text messages.

Words like ‘quite’ is used frequently instead of ‘quiet’. This can either be seen as a typing error, simply a grammatical error or could be a result of dyslexia. Around ten per cent of the population are dyslexic, according to Dyslexia Action.

Is there a solution? This is just my opinion, however, I personally do not shorten words like ‘could’ to ‘cld ’or ‘would’ to ‘wld’ as writing full words means that not only will there be no misunderstanding about what you are trying to say, but it also helps you with your English. Whether you are a native English speaker or not, the more you write correctly, is the more this is reflected in your speech and written work.

I do not want to sound patronising, but it is really that simple. If you want to improve your English do not use shortened words in texts, which benefits you, and the receiver of texts. It may take longer, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

 

Take care,

Tricia

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Hi!

I am Tricia from PM Noble Consultancy Services.

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Tricia