KS3 English Quiz - Homophones 01 (Questions)

"Right" and "write" have the same pronunciation but mean different things - these are known as homophones. There are more homophones in the English language than you can shake a stick at!

Homophones are two or more words which sound the same but have different meanings; they may or may not be spelled differently. A pair of "homonyms" are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings. All homonyms are also homophones.

Here are some pairs with which you might be familiar: stair/stare; pear/pair; tale/tail; aisle/isle; flour/flower; mousse/moose; jeans/genes; toad/towed. Can you see the potential for humour? Lots of jokes are based on homophones and sometimes poetry draws on the associations a word has with its homophone. Christmas cracker jokes are famous for their homophones, such as this one: What does Santa say while gardening? Hoe, hoe, hoe..........

Try our first quiz on words that are often confused with each other.

1. Which word means "the main one"?
[ ] Princedom
[ ] Principal
[ ] Principality
[ ] Principle
2. Which word means "to remain still"?
[ ] Stationary
[ ] Stationed
[ ] Stationer
[ ] Stationery
3. Which word means "complete"?
[ ] Complaisance
[ ] Complement
[ ] Compliance
[ ] Compliment
4. Which word asks for directions?
[ ] Ware
[ ] Wear
[ ] Were
[ ] Where
5. Which word means "a courageous deed"?
[ ] Fate
[ ] Feat
[ ] Feet
[ ] Fete
6. Which word means "belonging to them"?
[ ] Theirs
[ ] Thereby
[ ] There's
[ ] Thereto
7. Which word means "not to insist upon"?
[ ] Waive
[ ] Wave
[ ] Waver
[ ] Wavy
8. Which word means "chimney"?
[ ] Flew
[ ] Flu
[ ] Flue
[ ] Fluid
9. Which word means "from one end to the other"?
[ ] Though
[ ] Threw
[ ] Through
[ ] Throw
10. Which word means "to avenge"?
[ ] Rake
[ ] Reek
[ ] Wreak
[ ] Wreck

 

KS3 English Quiz - Homophones 01 (Answers)
1. Which word means "the main one"?
[ ] Princedom
[x] Principal
[ ] Principality
[ ] Principle
The word "principle" means a rule
2. Which word means "to remain still"?
[x] Stationary
[ ] Stationed
[ ] Stationer
[ ] Stationery
The word "stationery" means pencils and paper, etc.
3. Which word means "complete"?
[ ] Complaisance
[x] Complement
[ ] Compliance
[ ] Compliment
The word "compliment" means to give praise
4. Which word asks for directions?
[ ] Ware
[ ] Wear
[ ] Were
[x] Where
The word "ware" means an item for sale
5. Which word means "a courageous deed"?
[ ] Fate
[x] Feat
[ ] Feet
[ ] Fete
"Feet", of course, can be found at the ends of legs....
6. Which word means "belonging to them"?
[x] Theirs
[ ] Thereby
[ ] There's
[ ] Thereto
"There's" is a contraction for "there is"
7. Which word means "not to insist upon"?
[x] Waive
[ ] Wave
[ ] Waver
[ ] Wavy
Be careful not to muddle up "wave" and "waive"
8. Which word means "chimney"?
[ ] Flew
[ ] Flu
[x] Flue
[ ] Fluid
There are three homophones here: "flu", "flue" and "flew"
9. Which word means "from one end to the other"?
[ ] Though
[ ] Threw
[x] Through
[ ] Throw
"Threw" is the past tense of "throw"
10. Which word means "to avenge"?
[ ] Rake
[ ] Reek
[x] Wreak
[ ] Wreck
"Reek" means a terrible smell