Homonyms

Homonyms are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings.

For Example: ‘Hide’ when used as a verb means ‘Keep out of sight’. ‘Hide’ when used as a noun expresses the meaning an Animal’s skin. Many other homonyms occur when verbs, nouns, and pronouns are used in their forms showing person, number, or tense. Word order and meaning help us to distinguish between such homonyms aurally. Examples: I knew it. I bought new books. She rose from a chair. He gave me a rose.

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. To identify them will enrich their vocabulary and help them to properly understand and even explain the concept of the terms.

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