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    Default Words that sound alike, but are spelled differently?

    I know antonym means opposite, synonym means similar. What's the term for words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have entirely different meanings? Example: 'Breaks' and 'Brakes'???
    Thanx! Bruce Pethel, Concord, NC [ Email Removed ]

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    Default Re: Words that sound alike, but are spelled differently?

    Quote Originally Posted by BCP
    I know antonym means opposite, synonym means similar. What's the term for words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have entirely different meanings? Example: 'Breaks' and 'Brakes'???
    Thanx! Bruce Pethel, Concord, NC [ Email Removed ]
    Homophones

    There are also homographs and homonyms

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    I would prefer heteronym rather than use homonym as a subcategory of homonym. (It's rather confusing.)

    heteronym:
    http://www.onelook.com/?w=heteronym&ls=a

    What do you think?

    :)

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    I'll add it to the Glossary just as soon as I've sorted out the files on my computer.

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    Default Homophone vs Homonym

    I always thought that homophones are words with different meanings that sound the same, but are spelt differently and homonyms are words with different meanings that sound different, but are spelt the same.

    So a homophone would be - There was a mail from a male.
    And a homonym would be - The bandage was wound around the wound.

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    PS You can practice your homophones here.

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    Default Re: Homophone vs Homonym

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynne Hand
    I always thought that homophones are words with different meanings that sound the same, but are spelt differently and homonyms are words with different meanings that sound different, but are spelt the same.

    So a homophone would be - There was a mail from a male.
    And a homonym would be - The bandage was wound around the wound.

    :?

    PS You can practice your homophones here.
    Yes, but homonym is also the name for the larger category. Thus, all homophones are homonyms, but not all homonyms are homophones. If you use homonym to talk about a subcategory of homonyms you create unnecessary confusion. After all, both homophones and homonyms are homonyms. That confusion is unnecessary because you can call that subcategory heteronyms, and that word is already in use.

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    And then there are the heterohomographonyms, but we'll leave them out of this.

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    Default What is the procedure of free hand writting development

    Dear Sir,

    I am not knowen what is the process of english free hand writting development. I am feeling very difficulty for that.

    Please answar me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khorshed303
    Dear Sir,

    I am not knowen what is the process of english free hand writting development. I am feeling very difficulty for that.

    Please answar me.
    • "I do not know what the process of English freehand writing development is. I am having much difficulty with that."


    What is the question? Do you want to know about English freehand writing development? What is the assigment?

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