Homophones

USA CapitolA homophone is a word that sounds like another word, but has a different meaning.

Like capital and capitol.

Capital means the city where the government of a state or country is.

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Capitol means the building where the U.S. congress meets.

So, now if someone asks you, “Where is the Capitol?” You can say, “The capitol is in the capital, Washington, D.C.”

Mary Ziller from USA

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Mary Ziller

I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

3 comentários

  • 14/01/08  
    Tamiris Silva diz: 1

    I had some problems with these homophones in my conversations… I just didn’t know that this was the correct name to that words that sound like another one.

    Some examples that I’ve already had problems with:

    write – right
    meat – meet
    hear – here

    And so on… hehehe

  • 14/01/08  
    Mary diz: 2

    Thank you Tamiris for your comment!

    Here are some examples for your homonym pairs:

    What is the correct way to write right?

    The word write is the one that means esrever because writE has an E in it like the word pEn, an snstrument you.

    Right, the opposite of left, has an H like your right Hand.

    We also say might makes right.

    Meet me at the meat counter at the supermarket.

    When you mEEt a friend you grEEt her. You EAT mEAT.

    If you come here near the speaker, you will hear better.

    “Here,” is the answer to “Where? “and they share letters: wHERE.

    Espero ter adudado.

    Beijinhos homofonicos,

    Mary Ziller

  • 14/01/08  
    Mary diz: 3

    erata:

    The word write is the one that means esrever because writE has an E in it like the word pEn, an instrument you write with..