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Homonyms Week 8. What is a homonym?. Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently OR Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently. I KNEW that I would need a NEW coat this winter. KNEW is the past tense of the verb KNOW.

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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
i knew that i would need a new coat this winter
I KNEW that I would need a NEW coat this winter.
  • KNEW is the past tense of the verb KNOW.

* I knew I would do well on my homonym test!

* Sally knew all the lyrics to Justin Bieber.

  • NEW is the opposite of old.

* I love my new MINI Cooper.

* We welcomed the new student into the class.

MEMORY TIP: If you remember that KNOWLEDGE is spelled with a K, then you can see that the root word is KNOW! Today I KNOW, yesterday I KNEW.

then i knew i had more new clothes than my sister
THEN I knew I had more new clothes THAN my sister.
  • Use THAN to compare two things
    • Mrs. Fanning’s desk is neater THAN mine.
    • Are you smarter THAN a 5th grader?
  • Use THEN to tell when something happens
    • First I am going to the store, THEN to the theater.
    • Back then I was much happier.

Memory Trick: Technically these are not homonyms because THAN is supposed to be pronounced with a short “a” sound. And THEN rhymes with WHEN—so the definition rhymes with the “e” spelling.

i felt very weak when i was sick last week
I felt very WEAK when I was sick last WEEK.
  • Use WEAK as the opposite of strong.
    • He was so attractive, I felt WEAK in the knees every time I saw him.
    • She made a really WEAK argument to her mother about getting a puppy.
  • Use WEEK to mean 7 days.
    • Next WEEK is Christmas vacation!
    • This is going to be one busy WEEK.

MEMORY TRICK: Each WEEK at school I get an Excellent Education!

i wanted to know which house belonged to the old creepy woman because she is rumored to be a witch
I wanted to know WHICH house belonged to the old, creepy woman because she is rumored to be a WITCH.
  • Use WHICH as a pronoun to tell what one or ones.
    • Which dog is yours?
    • Can you tell which way to go?
  • A WITCH is a woman thought to have supernatural powers.
    • Last Halloween, I dressed as a WITCH.
    • The Wicked WITCH of the West was melted.

Memory Trick: The WITCH cast a spell that made me ITCH!