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The English Language: Homonyms and Homophones
Homonyms and Homophones
Homonyms and Homophones are interesting words that have very special properties.
Homonyms are a set of words which are spelled the same and pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
- Jet (the object), Jet (the process of Jetting)
- Mint (a flavor of gum), Mint (the process of creating coinage)
- Organ (a musical instrument), Organ (Part of a living thing, distinct from the other parts, that is adapted for a specific function)
- Yard (a patch of grass outside of a house), Yard (a unit of measurement equaling three feet)
Homophones are a set of words which are pronounced the same, but spelled differently.
- Their/They're/There (See the "Helpful Hubs" section below for an in-depth hub on this topic)
- To/Too/Two (See the "Helpful Hubs" section below for an in-depth hub on this topic)
Words in Both Categories
Some words are both a homonym and a homophone, as noted below:
- Grate (the metal piece over a storm drain), Grate (what you do to cheese before putting it on pasta).
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