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The English Language

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The English Language


Heteronyms - Words that are spelled identically but have different meanings when pronounced differently.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

Cool A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

2) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell  into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

1Cool Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
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Funny old language, innit?
Then there are the ones which only appear in crosswords eg
Flower (plant) and flower (river)
Shower (rain) and shower (exhibitor)
Tower (construction) and tower (one who tows)
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Please excuse me while I make up an excuse not to join in Wink
The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
It's the referee's job to record the new world record.
When people abuse drugs this is called drug abuse.
To contest the issue they held a contest.
The guard will permit you to pass if you show a valid permit.
A rebel is one who has decided to rebel.
He needed to secrete the document in a secret place.
He was content that the content of the box was undamaged.
Please put my typewriter to use because I never use it.
I resent the fact that the letter was lost, but I have resent it.
As the charity event proceeds, the proceeds keep pouring in.
SWMBO often gets slightly confused when the same word gets used with a different meaning.

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A few more here:
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
Do you know what a buck does to does?
They were too close to the door to close it.
Don't desert me here in the desert!
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
After a number of injections my jaw got number.
I did not object to the object.
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Re: The English Language

Are heteronyms the same as homophones?
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... and yet with all these difficulties English is almost being accepted as global now. Some jobs it's almost mandatory.
Let's be careful out there !
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Quote from: chuffchuff
Are heteronyms the same as homophones?

I had to look that one up Smiley
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A heteronym (also known as a heterophone) is a word that is written identically but has a different pronunciation and meaning. In other words, they are homographs that are not homophones. Thus, row (propel with oars) and row (argument) are heteronyms, but mean (intend) and mean (average) are not (since they are pronounced the same). Heteronym pronunciation may vary in vowel realisation, in stress pattern (see also Initial-stress-derived noun), or in other ways:

What a wonderful language we have Smiley Smiley
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Maybe we should start again Lips are sealed
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........once upon a time..........
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.......there was a duck.....
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I remember a long while ago that I and a colleague spent a good ten minutes trying to work out where the ‘valid’ parking was when confronted in a car park by an ‘invalid parking’ sign
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...and why are those spaces invalid. They always look perfectly serviceable to me.
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@ the moderators: Do you moderate in a moderate fashion?

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