Homophones, homographs, and homonyms

Homophones, homographs, and homonyms are different categories of words that many find confusing. We will define homophones, homographs, and homonyms, discuss the etymology of these words and look at some examples of homophones, homographs, and homonyms in sentences. Homophones are two words that are pronounced in the same way when spoken aloud but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Homophones exist because of our ever-changing English language, and are a challenge for … [Read more...]

Raise vs rays

Raise and rays are two words that are pronounced in the same manner, but are spelled differently and have different mrniangs. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of raise and rays, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Raise, when used as a verb, means 1.) to lift to a higher point 2.) to set in a vertical position 3.) to build a structure 4.) to increase 5.) to promote 6.)to bring to the surface 7.) to provoke, to suggest for consideration … [Read more...]

Weather vs whether

Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a certain place during a certain time. Weather includes temperature, humidity, wind, clouds, etc. Weather may also mean unpleasant conditions, such as a storm. Weather may be used as an adjective to mean exposed to weather, or the side from which the wind blows, usually meaning the windward side of a ship. When used as a transitive verb, weather means to leave something at the mercy of the elements, to erode or disintegrate because of exposure to … [Read more...]

Road vs rode

A road is a wide street or lane, usually with an asphalt or concrete surface. A road provides a clear pathway of travel from place to place. A road may also be a figurative path of travel on a life journey, a series of events leading to a particular ending or goal. In mining, a road is an underground passageway into a mine. Road comes from the Old English rad, meaning riding expedition, journey, hostile incursion. Road as meaning an open way for traveling between two places is first seen in the … [Read more...]

Peer vs pier

Peer means 1.) to look searchingly or with difficulty, to attempt to obtain a clearer view of something 2.) a person or thing  that is equal with another specified person or thing in status, ability, rank or age. 3.) a member of British or Irish nobility, including the ranks of duke or duchess, marqus or marchioness, earl or countess, viscount or viscountess and baron or baroness. This system is referred to as peerage. The word peer comes the Anglo-French peir, meaning an equal in rank or … [Read more...]

Rain, reign and rein

Rain is a condensation of moisture that drops to earth. Rain may be used as a noun or a verb, the verb forms are rain, rains, rained, raining. The adjective forms are rainy, rainier and rainiest. A derivitive is raininess. Rain may also be used to describe something that pours down in a fashion akin to rain. Rain comes from the Old English regn. Rein refers to the part of a horse bridle that is a long strip of leather attached to the bit which is in the mouth of the horse. There are two of … [Read more...]

Faint vs feint

Feint is a pretended attack used to distract an enemy. In boxing, a feint may be a blow that provokes a defensive action to one part of the opponent's body while the boxer delivers a more destructive punch to another part of the opponent's body. A feint may be a fencing thrust that draws an opponent to protect one part of his body while the fencer delivers a fatal stroke to another part of the opponent's body. In war, a feint is a troop maneuver that distracts the enemy from the real attack. … [Read more...]

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