This week I thought I would re-visit one of my earlier blog subjects; the difference between homonyms and homophones. These two unusual words seem to represent terms that can be very confusing to folk. Vocabulary.com gives good definitions.
A homonym is a word that is said or spelled the same way as another word but has a different meaning. http://tiny.cc/yg0acy
A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and/or spelling. http://tiny.cc/lh0acy
Vocabulary.com uses examples and tests to challenge readers. If you cannot get enough of homonyms and homophones, and really want to impress your friends, check out http://tiny.cc/jf0acy, where you will find some jokes.
So what are these word that people stumble over all the time?
|Homonyms and Homophones|
|Your||You’re (You are)||Lead||Led|
*These can be either homophone or homonym depending on which side of the grammar fence you sit on. I do not sit on either side however I recognise that many of us have problems with these words.
You will see that I have not gone into any detail about the examples I have used. This is a deliberate action so that you can go away and do some research yourself.
Anything I write is not the definitive guide on a subject, just as taster.
I hope you can join me again.