Homonyms are a special category of words where the words can either sound the same but are spelled differently (homophones), or spelled the same but mean different things (homographs). Homophones are words like "bear" and "bare" which students tend to mix up in their writing.
Exercise: Choose the right word from the following pairs of homophones. (Answers are at the bottom of the exercise.)
1. The baby (bald/bawled) when his bottle was taken away from him.
2. "Oh no! I'm going to be late for my (lessen/lesson)."
3. Tom was so angry with Darla that he (seized/ceased) her toy unicorn from her.
4. The cloth was so (sheer/shear) that you could see right through it.
5. HMS Victory is a famous (navel/naval) ship that was instrumental in the Battle of Trafalgar.
6. He pulled the line (taut/taught) and settled comfortably on the hammock.
7. A (fowl/foul) smell filled the air as they yanked off the sewer lid.
8. Daniel was too (tyred/tired) to shower when he reached home and plopped onto his bed instead.
9. Tricia raced to reach the airport on time but alas; it was all in (vain/vein).
10. "Could you (pair/pare) the (pear/pair) of (pares/pears) for me please?'
1. bawled, 2. lesson, 3. seized, 4. sheer, 5. naval, 6. taut, 7. foul, 8. tired 9. vain, 10. pare/ pair/ pears
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