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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 19, February 1, 1999

Homographs are different words that are spelled the same. They have different meanings and origins. Homographs may or may not have the same pronunciations.

Each sentence contains two homographs. The definition or a synonym of one of the homographs follows the sentence. Underline the homograph that matches the definition or synonym. The first three have been done for you.

1. Tracey didn’t feel well after falling into the well. in good health
2. Jim hunts, but he does not shoot does. female deer
3. There was a big row in the first row of the theater. fight
4. Let’s wind up the kite string before the wind gets too wild. moving air
5. If the judges are fair, our rabbit will win a ribbon at the fair. just
6. That creaking sound makes me wonder if this building is sound. in good condition
7. The oil well is yours and the gold mine is mine. belonging to me
8. The dove dove to the ground to eat the peanut. dived
9. I found it hard to believe that he planned to found a new church. establish, or start
10. The rose bushes rose out of the fertile ground. a kind of flower
11. I won’t shed a tear if you tear my old shirt into shreds. rip
12. The dog was happy when you dropped the ground beef onto the ground. past of grind

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