Homonyms

There are a lot of words in English language that sound similar, but have different meanings. For instance, words, ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ sound the same, but are way different from each other. ‘Your’ indicates a possessive pronoun, whereas ‘you’re’ is a short way of saying ‘you are’. A lot of people can just go about using the wrong word while talking; however, in written communication, if one makes a mistake of doing so, it can confuse the readers.

In linguistics, identifying homonyms or homophones can be confusing and difficult, but it helps in learning the language effectively. This enables the learners to acquire skills and pronunciation of a native speaker. Even more, knowing how to identify them only will enrich their vocabulary and help them to properly understand and even explain the concept of the terms.

Homonyms are words that have same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings. For example, ‘can’ - a container and ‘can’ - a modal verb are homonyms. Some homophones can also be classified as homonyms, if they’re spelled the same.

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