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‘Homophones’ are words that have the same pronunciation but different spellings or meanings. The words may be spelled the same, such as alter (change) and altar (a place offering) or accept (agree) and except (apart from).

Homophones are often used to create puns and to deceive the reader or to suggest multiple meanings. Look at the following homophones and learn their spellings and usage: The word ‘bore’ is used for a dull person. The following sentence can give clarification of the meaning of this word. “Jack never initiates a talk. He is a bore.” Whereas, the word boar is used to represent an uncastrated domestic male pig. E.g., “When Jack returned to the farm he was aghast to find the sty open and some of the boars pillaging the standing crop of corn.”

The word ‘cattle’ refers to large ruminant animals with horns and cloven hooves, domesticated for meat or milk, or as beasts of burden such as cows and oxen. “The cattle entered the farm and destroyed the crops”. ‘Kettle’ is a homophone of‘cattle’ which refers to a metal or plastic container with a lid, a spout and a handle, used for boiling water, serving tea etc. look at the following sentence for understanding its meaning. “Sarah brought the kettle filled with tea.”

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