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Homophones 03
This structure in the sea is a pier, not a pear!

Homophones 03

"Carrot" and "caret" are good examples of homophones, but would you ever mix up the two? Perhaps Bugs Bunny might.

Homophones often come about because of the way in which the English language borrows words from other languages. Sometimes a pair of homophones might exist because their pronunciation has changed over time. Take, for instance, "night" and "knight". Although these words are now homophones, the word "knight" was once pronounced differently. Where we tend to say that the k in the word is "silent", in the past it was pronounced (as were the g and the h, too)! A few hundred centuries ago, "night" and "knight" were not homophones at all.

Ready for the final homophone joke? What did the pawn say before going to bed? 'Night, knight! Get it? Knights and pawns are chess pieces!

If you enjoyed our first two English quizzes about homophones, try our third and final quiz and become a homophone genius!

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1.
Which one means "To gain"?
Proffer
Profit
Profuse
Prophet
A prophet gives warnings or promises about the future
2.
Which word means "To peel"?
Pair
Pare
Pear
Pier
There are three homophones here: "pare", "pear" and "pair"
3.
Which word means "To sell"?
Pedagogue
Pedal
Peddle
Pedometer
A "pedal" allows you to control machinery with your foot
4.
Which word is a structure in the sea?
Pare
Pear
Peer
Pier
A "peer" is someone who is at the same level as another person
5.
Which one is a herb?
Tame
Thames
Thyme
Time
"Time" and "thyme" are rather different in meaning!
6.
Which one means "advice"?
Council
Counsel
Countenance
Counteract
A "council" is a committee
7.
Which one is part of the mouth?
Palate
Palette
Pallet
Palliate
A "palette" is used by an artist for mixing colours
8.
Which one carries blood?
Vain
Vane
Vanguard
Vein
A"vane" indicates wind direction whilst "vain" means conceited
9.
Which word means "An agreement"?
Impact
Pace
Packed
Pact
"Packed" means that a container or other type of space has been filled
10.
Which word means "A crowd"?
Heard
Hoard
Hoarding
Horde
"Hoard" means to collect or store

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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