Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. What is a Homonym? The term homonym is a somewhat ambiguous term if you are looking to contrast it with homographs and homophones.

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Do u have any? When I further read the Wikipedia page you referenced, I find your definition of homonym is different from the Wikipedia page you cited. In particular, your def. The definition in Wikipedia is that homonyms is the intersection of homophones and homographs.

I wish there was a standard definition which defined things straight. Could you please make an update of other few examples? Lucia on March 30, pm Cany you send me 10 examples of the homonyms, heteronyms, homophones, homografs, and puntuations English rules. It will a great help for my English test. Becky Ladd on January 08, pm I am still confused about homographs and heterographs—the definition seems to contradict itself—it says that a homographs are homonyms that share the same spelling—they may or may NOT have the same pronunciation; homonyms are 2 or more words that have the same spelling, pronunciation, but different meanings; and heteronyms have the same spelling but different pronunciations—homographs which are NOT homophones.

Very confusing for me and to teach to students. What are these: lead—I will lead the parade. I read the book today; I read the book yesterday. Thanks for helping me understand….

Troy on March 14, pm I really like the graph, its very useful for a visual person like me. Jared on August 05, pm You definitions of homonym, homograph and homophone seem to agree with the definition from this website. Homonyms mean they have the same name. That could mean they are spelled the same or that they sound the same or both. Homophones and homographs are types of homonyms. Homophones have the same name in the way they sound. Homographs have the same name in the way they are spelled.

Can you pass me the can of soup? I tend to believe those two websites over wikipedia. Bharath Sanyasi on October 20, am I really like the above graph but I am not sure how correctly I have understood.

The chart is lacking a category of different or the same meaning s. Or is there an exception? Alberto Moreno on August 01, am Hello, so row argument and row propel with oars are homographs and heteronyms as well right? Probably just a typo, but should be fixed — thanks for the article, very informative.


Homonyms vs. Homophones vs. Homographs

The ending —graph means drawn or written, so a homograph has the same spelling. The —phone ending means sound or voice, so a homophone has the same pronunciation. Depending on whom you talk to, homonym means either: A word that is spelled like another but has a different sound and meaning homograph ; a word that sounds like another but has a different spelling and meaning homophone OR A word that is spelled and pronounced like another but has a different meaning homograph and homophone So does a homonym have to be both a homograph and a homophone, or can it be just one or the other? As with most things in life, it depends on whom you ask.


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