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VocabularySpellingCity's spelling lists will help students learn homonyms, homophones (sound-alike words), and homographs and have fun all at the same time! Resources include printable worksheets, videos, online games, and various teaching strategies for Kindergarten through High School. Here you can customize a unique lesson to illustrate homonyms vs homophones vs homographs.
Homonyms, homophones and homographs can bring confusion to even adults and teachers! VocabularySpellingCity can help anyone master these word groups. For clarity, we've brought them all together on one page. It makes it easier to learn the difference among the three types of words using the definitions and homonyms, homophones and homographs examples below.
Homonyms, or multiple meaning words, are words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. For example, bear.
A bear (the animal) can bear (tolerate) very cold temperatures.
Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different meanings and often have different spellings as well. These words are a very common source of confusion when writing. Common examples of sets of homophones include: to, too, and two; they're and their; bee and be; sun and son; which and witch; and plain and plane. VocabularySpellingCity is a particularly useful tool for learning to correctly use and spell the soundalike words.
Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings and are often pronounced differently as well. Some examples of homographs are:
bass as in fish vs bass as in music,
Heteronyms or Heterophones
Same Spelling, Different Pronunciations, Different Meanings. All heteronyms are homographs, but not all homographs are heteronyms. See why this concept can be so confusing to learn?
Capitonyms are different words spelled the same except for the capitalization. Sometimes they are pronounced the same, sometimes they are not.
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