Homonyms

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  • Q1

    Match the homonyms in column A with their meaning in column B

    A

    B

    1. buy

    2. by

    3. bye

    4. cell

    5. sell

    a. a small room

    b. give in exchange for money

    c. near or at the side of

    d. obtain in exchange for payment

    e. farewell

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. buy - obtain in exchange for payment

    2. by – near or at the side of

    3. bye - farewell

    4. cell – a small room

    5. sell – give in exchange for money

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  • Q2

    Match the homonyms in column A with their meaning in column B

    A

    B

    1. air

    2. ere

    3. err

    4. heir

    5. e'er

    a. a person who will inherit

    b. contraction of 'ever'

    c. mixture of gases that surround the earth

    d. to make a mistake

    e. eventually

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. air - mixture of gases that surround the earth

    2. ere - eventually

    3. err - to make a mistake

    4. heir - a person who will inherit

    5. e'er - contraction of 'ever'

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  • Q3

    Write down the correct homonyms for the following words.

    (i) Birth

    (ii) Cell

    (iii) Toe

    (iv) Wait

    (v) Principal

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) Birth – Berth

    (ii) Cell – Sell

    (iii) Toe – Tow

    (iv) Wait – Weight

    (v) Principal – Principle

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  • Q4

    Fill in the blanks with the same word to make correct sentences.

    (i) (a) In the wake of the government’s economic policy, a wave of _______ swept the country.

    (b) It is not safe to venture outside the building when lightening _______.

    (ii) (a) I feel I am in a better ______ of mind today.

    (b) You should ______ clearly whatever you have in your mind.

    (iii) (a) The management took a _____ decision by bringing in the new policy regarding maternity leave.

    (b) You need to take a _____ turn from the park.

    (iv) (a) Josh goes to the _____ for his evening walks.

    (b) I didn’t get any place to ______ my car.

    (v) (a) Jeremy works for a reputed law ______ in Redmond.

    (b) I have a ______ belief in God.

    (vi) (a) There were dark brown spots on the ____ of the palm tree in our garden.

    (b) My neighbour’s dog has a pretty loud ______.

    (vii) (a) Ron offered to ______ the boat yesterday, and today he is complaining of muscle pain.

    (b) At the museum, the teacher asked us to stand in a ______.

    (viii) (a) I know that light travels faster than _______.

    (b) The missing man was located after one week, and they he is safe and _______.

    (ix) (a) I was not really in a good shape until few days ago, but now I am ____.

    (b) I read in a book that earlier people used to draw water manually from a ____.

    (x) (a) As I reached the station I realised that I had missed my _______ as I was late.

    (b) It took me two months’ time to _______ my junior on the new software.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    (i) (a) In the wake of the government’s economic policy, a wave of strikes swept the country.

    (b) It is not safe to venture outside the building when lightening strikes.

    (ii) (a) I feel I am in a better state of mind today.

    (b) You should state clearly whatever you have in your mind.

    (iii) (a) The management took a right decision by bringing in the new policy regarding maternity leave.

    (b) You need to take a right turn from the park.

    (iv) (a) Josh goes to the park for his evening walks.

    (b) I didn’t get any place to park my car.

    (v) (a) Jeremy works for a reputed law firm in Redmond.

    (b) I have a firm belief in God.

    (vi) (a) There were dark brown spots on the bark of the palm tree in our garden.

    (b) My neighbour’s dog has a pretty loud bark.

    (vii) (a) Ron offered to row the boat yesterday, and today he is complaining of muscle pain.

    (b) At the museum, the teacher asked us to stand in a row.

    (viii) (a) I know that light travels faster than sound.

    (b) The missing man was located after one week, and they he is safe and sound.

    (ix) (a) I was not really in a good shape until few days ago, but now I am well.

    (b) I read in a book that earlier people used to draw water manually from a well.

    (x) (a) As I reached the station I realised that I had missed my train as I was late.

    (b) It took me two months’ time to train my junior on the new software.

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  • Q5

    Match the following homonyms with their correct meanings.

    Homonym

    Meaning

    1. Strike

    2. Row

    3. Mean

    4. Hide

    5. Grave

    6. Might

    7. Pen

    8. Sound

    9. Jar

    10. Minute

    a. Animal’s skin

    b. Fenced plot for keeping the poultry

    c. To make a discordant sound

    d. Something arranged in a line

    e. Good condition

    f. Hit

    g. Tiny

    h. Serious

    i. Convey something

    j. Great strength

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    (i) Strike – Hit

    (ii) Row - Something arranged in a line

    (iii) Mean - Convey something

    (iv) Hide - Animal’s skin

    (v) Grave – Serious

    (vi) Might - Great strength

    (vii) Pen - Fenced plot for keeping the poultry

    (viii) Sound - Good condition

    (ix) Jar - To make a discordant sound

    (x) Minute – Tiny

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