Homophones and Homographs, oh, my!

Updated: Aug 13

Hey, there!


Homophones and homographs are not words that roll off the tongue very smoothly. You may be thinking, ”WHAT?!” I’ll get to that in a bit.


Welcome to the English language, my friend! There are NO rules, only exceptions. As you continue your journey in #ESLtests there will be MANY times where you will write a word and just continue on your merry way. WHY? Well, because you don’t know the difference between homophones and homographs, or you simply FORGOT. Spoiler alert- your #SCORE can go down if either scenario occurs.


Homophone- same pronunciation (DIFFERENT meaning and spelling)

Example: ate (past tense of eat) and eight (the number).


Homograph- same spelling (DIFFERENT meaning and (sometimes) DIFFERENT pronunciation) Example: watch (to see) and watch (what you wear on your wrist).


Knowing the difference and writing these words correctly will lead to success!


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