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Coleman 2011. Homonyms Week 7. What is a homonym?. Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently OR Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently. BY the way, I would like to BUY you coffee before we say goodBYE . Use BY as a preposition meaning “near”.

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what is a homonym
What is a homonym?
  • Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently

OR

  • Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently
by the way i would like to buy you coffee before we say goodbye
BY the way, I would like to BUY you coffee before we say goodBYE.
  • Use BY as a preposition meaning “near”.

* I live by my best friend.

  • Use BYE when you are abbreviating Goodbye, or meaning a week off in a sports tournament.

* The Bears had a bye last week.

* I said goodbye to my visitors.

  • Use BUY meaning to purchase.

I need to buy new pencils.

it s a fact that learning never loses its excitement
IT’S a fact that learning never loses ITS excitement!
  • Use IT’S as a contraction for “It is”
    • It’s unusual for there not to be snow this time of year.
    • I don’t know what the weather is like.

Memory Trick: If you can substitute the words “It is” for IT’S, you use the spelling WITH the apostrophe.

it s a fact that learning never loses its excitement1
IT’S a fact that learning never loses ITS excitement!
  • Use ITS as the possessive form of IT.
  • ***It is unusual to have a possessive form of a pronoun that does not have an apostrophe, but in this case it does not have an apostrophe because the contraction uses it instead.
    • The school had its annual play in the spring. (“It” is a pronoun that replaces “school”. ITS shows that the play belongs to the school.)
my tooth is loose i think i will lose it soon i will get 1 for my loss
My tooth is LOOSE; I think I will LOSE it soon! I will get $1 for my LOSS!!

These are not homonyms because they are not pronounced or spelled the same, but they are commonly confused words.

  • LOOSE is an adjective meaning “not bound”
    • I have LOOSE change in my pocket.
    • My tooth is LOOSE!

Memory Trick: LOOSE has two O’s, just like GOOSE.

my tooth is loose i think i will lose it soon i will get 1 for my loss1
My tooth is LOOSE; I think I will LOSE it soon! I will get $1 for my LOSS!!
  • LOSE is a verb meaning to misplace something.
    • I hope I don’t lose my wallet.
    • It is disappointing when the Bears lose.
my tooth is loose i think i will lose it soon i will get 1 for my loss2
My tooth is LOOSE; I think I will LOSE it soon! I will get $1 for my LOSS!!
  • LOSS is a noun, meaning a thing that has been lost or something that cannot be found.
    • The loss of her father was a difficult time for her.
    • The team would try again the day after their loss.
made maid
MADE/MAID
  • MADE is the past tense of the verb “make”.
  • MAID can mean a female servant, or a young, unmarried woman.
    • I made lasagna for dinner last night.
    • I asked my teenage sister to be my maid of honor.

Memory Tip: A MAID can AID you with your housework. Replace the K in “make” with a D to get MADE.