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Homonyms

Homonyms

 
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Author: Nikki Hansen
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To introduce, define and discuss homonyms and how to remember them.

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What are Homonyms?

Homonyms (also called homophones) are words that are pronounced the same way, but mean different things. They are also words that are spelled the same way that differ in meaning.

Where can I get a long list of homonyms?

This list includes 100 homonyms,

Alan Cooper provides a long list of homonyms in alphabetical order.

I have provided a slide show of commonly used homonyms below.

Remember: Your spell check will not catch a homonym mishap! This poem is an example of why you need to know the differences between words:

MY SPELL CHECKER

I have a gnu spell checker; it came with my pea see.
It plane lee marks four my review miss steaks aye dew knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it, yore shore reel glad to no;
Its very polished in it’s weigh. My checker tolled me sew.

Each frays come posed up on my screen eye trust to be a joule.
The checker pores or every word to cheque sum spelling rule...

Homonyms

This slide show provides examples of common homonyms and how to properly use them.

Homonym Examples

This video, while not as exciting as a music video, provides a practical discussion of homonyms, what they are, and commonly used homonyms.

Triple Homonym(s) Song

This video discusses homonyms, and gives you a method of remembering them.

Helpful Spelling Tips

Principal/Principle:

Principal is different from principle because principal ends in "pal." The principal of your school is your pal!

Accept/Except:

Accept is to receive something. Note that there are two Cs in the word. The letter "C" sounds like the verb "to see". OK. I see and you see the object being exchanged between us. Here's an example: The client accepted our bid. First we had to see (C) the bid as we created it, then the client had to see (C) the bid, then it was accepted.

Except begins with EX meaning "to out something". Here's an example: Everything is finished except the invitations. This means that on the list of all that had to be done, it's all completed (checked off, out of the picture) except the one thing - invitations.

Advice/Advise:

The difference between these two words is the "S" and the "C", so that is the focus of the memory trick. Advice is when you give your two cents worth of your thoughts to someone. It is usually no big deal, but you just feel you need to put your two cents worth into the discussion. Note that cents begins with a "C". There's your memory trick. Here's an example: His advice is to take the short cut. Take it or leave it, it's just his advice.

Advise is an action and actions are serious. If you ask for someone's opinion, it is usually because you are in some sort of a quandary and you need someone to help you. This is a more serious matter than someone just giving you an opinion. Serious starts with "S" and something serious requires action - someone to advise you. Example: He advised us to take the short cut. In other words, you'd better take the short cut!

Personal/Personnel:

Your memory trick in these two words is the double "n". In the case of the single "n" it means one on one, direct contact; this one is personal. In the case of the double "n" however, it means a group of people who work for a company. So one "n" means one and the double "n" means more than one. Here is one example that covers both words: The boss wants to have a personal conversation with all of the company's personnel.

Then/Than:

Then is used to describe the order of events. Note that the word "then" has an "e" in it - so does the word "events". Remember when you're discussing the order of events to use then. Example: I asked for the burger and fries and then I changed my mind.

Than is used in comparisons. Note that both words have an "a": than; comparisons. Example: I like spelling more than grammar.

The best thing I learned from that elementary teacher so long ago was to think of concrete tricks in abstract terms. Spelling tricks are very beneficial and once you find one that works for you, you are not likely to ever forget it.

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    vijay kumar over 1 year ago

    i couldnt _____ to see the man making the ______ perform all kinds of trick in the circus

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    Riley Gale over 2 years ago

    what grade introduces homonyms

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    Ann Lynch over 3 years ago

    What grade level introduces homonyms to readers and writers? This would be a great way to introduce the topic and provide a reference.

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    Alex Seydow almost 4 years ago

    I like your packet and the examples you give. However, I think you want to title this packet Homophones instead of Homonyms. Homonyms are actually not the same thing as homophones. Homonyms have the same spelling and pronunciation while homophones have the same pronunciation but different spelling. I think even other websites are misrepresenting homophones, but I found this definition here: http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/other/homonyms/homonyms.htm:

    Homonyms are words which have the same spelling and pronunciation as each other but different meanings and origins.

    Homophones are words which have the same pronunciation as each other but different spellings and meanings.

    Homographs are words which are spelt the same as each other but which have a different pronunciation and meaning.

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    Don Smithmier almost 4 years ago

    Any good mnemonic devices for remembering capital vs. capitol? I'm 40 years old and still mix those two up!

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    • Mary Anastasi answered over 3 years ago

      The capitOl has a dOme, but a capital does not.

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    Kristina Blasen almost 4 years ago

    spelling- short cut (used twice) should be "shortcut"

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    Kristina Blasen almost 4 years ago

    Hi Nikki, I liked your packet. I liked the clips and the song and the poem too. Your slide show needs some revisions. In slide 9 the word you were looking for was "ethics" not "truth". In general in the slide show you want to make sure to follow the same formatting and pattern throughout (noun/verb, definition, examples) consistently on each slide.

    There were sentences within your tips that didn't make sense.

    "So everything but the one whatever is out." and

    "Yes, this is actually your example sentence as well: ... First at the beginning, then in the middle."

    That section needs to be rewritten and broken up somehow, it might even be better with you just talking on video and explaining those tips instead of trying to write them out.

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    Mike Magnuson almost 4 years ago

    This is written with skill and confidence, however. The first-person toward the end, however, seems to beg attribution. We see a packet author above and then see 'I' here, and we can easily assume this is the same person.

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    Mike Magnuson almost 4 years ago

    Why this guy is bad: He doesn't know stuff like you have to place periods inside of quotation marks. That means he has no cred. Also, he's a sixth-grade teacher. Please skew your packets to an older audience - people prepping for college or people in college.

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    Mike Magnuson almost 4 years ago

    1) If it's not exciting, why on earth would you include it in your packet? Search harder for the best possible clip.

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