What are homographs? (Answer in a few words)
Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings. For example, 'bow' can refer to a weapon used to shoot arrows, or the front of a boat. You must use context clues to understand which meaning is intended.
What are homographs?
Homograph: A homograph is a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different meaning and is pronounced differently. Homonym: A homonym is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but has a different meaning and a different spelling. Homophone: A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but has a different meaning and a different spelling.
Which homograph is your favorite?
Homographs are words that have the same spelling but different meanings, such as 'read' (to interpret written text) and 'read' (to look at something). The word 'homograph' is itself a homograph, as it can mean either a type of graph or a type of word. In linguistics, the study of homographs is known as homography.
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What is the difference between a homograph and a homonym?
Can you think of any examples of homographs that you know?
Why do homographs cause confusion in the English language?
How can you use knowledge of homographs to improve your writing?