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Homonyms: The Scourge of the English Language Posted by on Sep 9, 2016

In spite of technological advances, which have made the life of the modern writer so much easier, sometimes even the most sophisticated software program is of no help whatsoever. Writers can format, layout, and review their work almost instantaneously. Spell check is like having an extra pair of eyes on the page at all times…

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Let’s play a game called ‘Odd One Out’ Posted by on Nov 19, 2013

There is an expression in English, ‘odd one out’, which means that one member or item of a group is different and doesn’t fit the rest of the group. Today, I have some groups of words for you, in which you have to find the odd one out. Take a look at the groups of…

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Having Some Fun With Puns Posted by on Jan 18, 2012

Recently we have had a look at homophones and homographs. Now that we have done all the hard work, we can have a little bit of fun by using what we have learned and practised to make puns. Puns are jokes that rely on homophones and homographs for their humor.  For example: My pony is…

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Understanding Homophones Posted by on Jan 7, 2012

One of the confusing things about English is the number of words that sound the same but have totally different meanings. There and their; aloud and allowed; and sew and so, are just three examples that cause some confusion. In English, we call these words “homophones.” A homophone is a word that sounds the same…

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