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G's Challenge #1 - Can you read these sentences?

Remember...  same spelling; different meanings; different or same pronunciation!

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01. The bandage was wound around the wound.

02. The farm was used to produce produce.

03. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

04. We must polish the Polish furniture.

05. He could lead if he would get the lead out.

06. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

07. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to to...present the present.

08. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

09. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10. I did not object to the object.

11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13. They were too close to the door to close it.

14. The buck does funny things when does are present.

15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

22. The accountant at the music store records records of the records.

* I first saw these sentences on Aija's facebook page. Thank you, Aija!




A homograph is a word that is spelled like another word but has a different meaning from it. In addition to these two, it may have the same pronunciation or a different one.

Note: Our dearest Hala has posted a slide show that shows the differences between 'Homographs' and 'Homophones'. Personally, I find it very interesting and useful. Thanks Hala! To watch the slide show, please click HERE.  


Record your reading of the above twenty-two sentences and share the audio file with us. You can use AudioPal to do the recording! If you have never recorded your voice or embedded an audio player on a web page before, you can learn how to do them HERE..

Every person who reads the sentences with correct pronunciation stands the chance to win a beautiful virtual plaque with his/her name inscribed on it!

You  can  find  the  list of  participants  who  have won the challenge, along with the plaques, in another blog specially dedicated to the winners!   



Do you know any other homographs? Let us compile a list of them for the benefit of everybody. Here's how you could contribute:

1. Choose a pair of homographs. Post them here along with their meanings, then write two separate sentences with a homograph in each sentence. Finally, add a note saying whether the homographs are pronounced the same way. If they have different pronunciations, please record them for us.

2. If you would like to contribute a second pair of homographs, please feel free to do so! You can post it once the next contributor has posted his/her pair of homographs. There's no limit to the number of homographs that you would like to share. The more the better!

[An 'Afterthought': Share with us at least one pair of homographs every day. But if you choose to post more than one pair in a day, that would be EXCELLENT! Also, I've set a target for us! It's to come up with 100 Homographs. Do you think it's possible?]



Now, tell us how one could find whether the pronunciation of two homographs of a pair are different or same! What is the most effective way to remember the different pronunciations of a pair of homographs?

Click HERE to see the list of homographs that we’ve compiled so far!

My heart-felt thanks to all the contributors!  

.Happy Learning!


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who was kind enough to allow me to conduct my
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January 22nd. 2013


I stumbled on this video today, February 13th. 2013! Twelve out of the above twenty-two sentences are found in the video along with some other interesting sentences / homographs!  


[ The  following sentences were taken from the above video! If you want to record these sentences and share your audio file with us, please feel free to do so! ]

A. The artist worked for hours to perfect the nearly perfect work.

B. After taking a shot with his bow, the archer took a bow.

C. They were going to project the project at the local theater.

D. The band booked the studio to record their record.

E. I had to console my mom after I sold her console.

F. The incense incensed the customers.

G. I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.

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Comment by Hala J.M on February 7, 2013 at 23:43

                                           Homograph 120 : Predicate 

                                              Pronunciation : different 

                                             Meaning & sentence :

1-( Noun ) /ˈpredɪkət /  the part of a sentence or clause that expresses what is said of the subject and that usually consists of a verb with or without objects, or complement..

     - The child threw the ball .( threw the ball is the predicate )

2- ( Verb ) / ˈpredɪkeɪt  /  declare or  base something on a particular belief or idea .

     -Democracy is predicated upon the rule of law.

     - she has predicated her theory on recent findings by other researches.



Comment by Prostomolotova Galina on February 7, 2013 at 19:31

Hello, Grace!

Of course you can do it any time you like! We'll be so happy to hear your voice recording here!

Comment by bright - rubies on February 7, 2013 at 15:29

Homograph 119: Shell

Pronunciation: Same. ʃel

Meaning and Sentences

1- (Noun 1): the hard outer part of eggs, nuts, some seeds and some animals.

I have a nice collection of shells that I  collected last year from the beach.

2- (Noun 2): a metal case filled with explosive, to be fired from a large gun.

I heard many sounds of shells that burst in the next area from my street.

3- (verb 1): to fire shells at something.

They left their houses just after the enemies shelled most of other houses.

4- (Verb 2): to remove the shell or covering from nuts, peas, etc.

When I was a child, mum was shelling the boiling eggs for me.

Comment by Marik on February 7, 2013 at 14:46
You're welcome, Gabriel! :-)

Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on February 7, 2013 at 14:34

That's a nice one, Marik! Thanks!!

Comment by Marik on February 7, 2013 at 14:31
Homograph 118: swallow
Pronunciation: same /ˈswɒləʊ/
Meaning and sentence
1. (noun) a small bird whose tail has two points like a fork.
Swallows are very nice birds.
2. (verb) to make food or drink go from your mouth down through throat into your stomach.
This bread is so dry, I can't swallow it without some drink.
Comment by bright - rubies on February 7, 2013 at 10:41

Homograph 117: Ram

Pronunciation: Same (ræm)

Meaning and Sentences

1- (Noun 1): a male sheep.

Every Al-Adha Eid, every rich Muslim should slaughter a ram.

2- (Noun 2): a part in a machine that is used for hitting sth very hard or for lifting or moving things.

In modern cars, there is a usage of hydraulic rams.

3- (Verb 1): to drive into or hit another vehicle, or ship.

There are some people that were injured when their cars ware rammed together.

4- (Verb 2): to push something somewhere with force.

They rammed the nail into the wall by a hammer.

Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on February 7, 2013 at 8:58

Hello, Marik!

I'm really delighted to see you posting your voice recording along with your homographs these days! It'll definitely going to help you grow in confidence with your spoken English. Keep up the great work! I hope the others will follow suit for their own good. Thank you, Marik! You are a good exampe to follow. I'm proud of you!

Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on February 7, 2013 at 8:43

That's a good one, Bright Rubies! Thank you!!

Comment by Marik on February 7, 2013 at 8:42

Homograph 116: sound

Pronunciation: same

Meaning and sentence

1. (noun) something that you can hear.

There was a very loud sound.

2. (noun) a large area of water that connects two larger areas of water.

We traveled by a ship across the sound.

3. (verb) to seem good, bad, interesting, exciting etc, according to what you have heard, read, or know.

This game sounds very enjoyable.

4. (adjective) healthy.

It seems her brother is not very sound.

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