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Homophones 02
This plant is known as maize - not maze!

Homophones 02

Words that sound similar are called homophones. "Bare" and "Bear" sound exactly the same when spoken; however, they mean very different things. Sometimes homophones can cause a great deal of confusion in spoken English, causing you to believe you've misheard someone!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are at least a quarter of a million different English words, so it is absolutely no surprise to find that some of these words sound exactly the same, even though they have different meanings, different histories and different spellings. Words like this are known as "homophones".

You can use homophones for word play, for jokes and even for more serious purposes in your creative writing. Ready for another Christmas cracker joke? What should a Valentine card given to a sheep say? I love ewe........

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1.
Which one is a bird?
Marmoset
Marsupial
Marten
Martin
A "marten" is a type of weasel
2.
Which one gives directions?
Marl
Marline
Marshal
Martial
"Martial" means military or warlike
3.
Which one has items for sale?
Basalt
Bascule
Bazaar
Bizarre
"Basalt" is a rock whilst "bascule" is a type of bridge
4.
Which one helps you climb over a fence?
Stile
Stilt
Style
Stylus
But could you climb a stile in style?
5.
Which one is a measuring machine?
Meter
Metre
Mite
Mitre
A "metre" is a measurement whilst a "mitre" is a bishop's hat
6.
Which one means "to carry out"?
Practical
Practically
Practice
Practise
Remember: "practise" is a verb and "practice" is a noun. Practise spelling because practice will help you improve!
7.
Which word means "sorrowing"?
Meaning
Moaning
Morning
Mourning
You wouldn't confuse "mourning" with "morning", would you?
8.
Which one is an expression of distance?
Farther
Farthing
Father
Feather
Father threw the feather farther than anyone else and won a farthing
9.
Which one follows "third"?
Forth
Four
Fourth
Fourths
"Forth", of course, refers to movement forwards
10.
Which one is a cereal?
Amaze
Mace
Maize
Maze
Sometimes a field of maize can be turned into a maze, though

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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