Richard-Business Eng
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In English, some nouns, verbs, and adjectives are spelled the same but pronounced differently, i.e., different syllables are emphasized.


Question: What do we call a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different sound and meaning?


Answer: a "heteronym"

Origin: <em>from Greek</em>... 'hetero-' means 'different' ... '-onym' means 'name' or 'word'


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Legend: (n = noun) (v = verb) (adj = adjective)


1)   You can insult (v) someone by shouting an insult (n).

2)   A rebel (n) is someone who has decided to rebel (v).

3)   I want you to separate (v) the cards into two separate (adj) piles.

4)   It was appropriate (adj) for the teacher to appropriate (v) the boy's knife.

5)   I tried to console (v) the controller as he stood at his console (n).

6)   John was content (adj) that the content (n) of the box was undamaged.

7)   Ron tried to intimate (v) that Liz had an intimate (adj) relationship with Ben.

8)   The President will recount (v) the events that led to a vote recount (n).

9)   I resent (v) the fact that the letter was lost, but I have resent (v) it.

10) The speaker had to address (v) the group to explain why he changed his address (n).

Jan 1, 2016 1:09 PM
Comments · 36

Not satisfied, I did another recording. See what you make of it.

January 3, 2016

@ Teacher Richard


Thanks / xie xie ni. ^_^

January 4, 2016

I can learn a lot from you Richard !!!

January 2, 2016


Your pronunciations were very clear.

The first "resent" should be voiced as "re zent", not "re sent".

Thank you for contributing your recording.

February 21, 2016
It sounds exactly like merely a pause to me but anyway I'll take your advice to make it as clearly as possible in daily practice! You've always been helpful and patient! Many thanks to you, Richard!
February 21, 2016
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