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, if any, words that share the same pronounciation but have different spellings and/or unrelated meanings.

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, if any, words that share the same pronounciation but have different spellings and/or unrelated meanings.

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you'll be referring to a rhetoric figure called antanaclasis, where one single word is repeated , each time with a different meaning

hope this is what you wanted to know:-D

this has proved to be quite helpful
 
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well, there' d be antanaclasis, where one single word is repeated , each time with a different meaning

hope this is what you wanted to know:-D

Thanks Beas, I followed the link and read some of the article, and hell it's funny.

But that's not quite what I'm looking for and now I'm not sure if there's such a thing in English. In Chinese, a number of different characters have (or has?) the same pronounciation but each character (or word) has its own independent meaning. I have to explain that to people who are interested in learning Chinese. Is there a word of these kind of words in English?:-( so I don't have to explain the whole sha-bang (spelling?)

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In Chinese, a number of different characters have (or has?) the same pronounciation but each character (or word) has its own independent meaning. I have to explain that to people who are interested in learning Chinese. Is there a word of these kind of words in English?:-( so I don't have to explain the whole sha-bang (spelling?)

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are we talking about homophones here?

'so' 'sew'
'allowed' 'aloud'
'bear' 'bare'
 

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Hi NT
Do you mean something like Their and There? If so I am sure there are loads. Perhaps between us we can come up with them. Will have a think and come back unless anyone else wants to help?
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are we talking about homophones here?

'so' 'sew'
'allowed' 'aloud'
'bear' 'bare'

right on!

so that's it, isn't it. I haven't looked it up yet, but it looks good to me. :-D


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Hi NT
Do you mean something like Their and There? If so I am sure there are loads. Perhaps between us we can come up with them. Will have a think and come back unless anyone else whats to help?
Stilo

Stilo, how are you?

Thanks for trying. How about homophones, does that sound right. As of now, I haven't looked it up. maybe I should.:-D

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Thank you guys.

If you ever have a question about Chinese langauge, just give me a holler.;-)

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Near There I am fine.
Sorry I thought you were actually looking for the words that sound the same but have different meanings.That maybe useful to some other, less advanced,students. I havn't come across the word homophones but let us know if that is correct.
Can you come up with other homophonic words?
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Sorry I thought you were actually looking for the words that sound the same but have different meanings.That maybe useful to some other, less advanced,students. I havn't come across the word homophones but let us know if that is correct.
Can you come up with other homophonic words?
Regards Stilo


I believe that's the right word "homophones", it mimmics the term in Chinese in meaning perfectly.

I have had to explain to people how Chinese pronounciation works and that the existing phonics in Chinese language are limited in numbers in comparison to its counterparts--the characters which are about 7,000. As a result, you would have quite a number of characters using the same pronounciation and I think that makes Chinese even harder to learn.

Having learned the word "homophones" would make my introduction to Chinese language a lot easier...save me time in explaining it.:-D As for words of homophones as examples.......hmm, I have to think, you mean in English right?

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Hi NT
Yes See what english words you can come up with, it could help other students. You have some i.e Their/There.. Saw/Sore.. So/Sew.
Anybody else please join in?
Stilo :up:
 
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