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

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

[Listen to my audio for details!]



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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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 Stephen on March 11, 2013 at 16:34
Homograph 140:


(of a place) Far away; distant.
Some remote areas in my country are really beautiful place to visit

A remote control device.
"Could you pass me the remote? I need to lower the volume."
Comment by Stephen on March 6, 2013 at 3:32

Homograph 139: wave

Pronunciation: same / weɪv /

Meaning and sentence

1. noun:

of water : a raised line of water that move across the surface of the sea

“Look at that huge wave, we will have some fun today!”

of activity/feeling : a sudden increase in particular activity or feeling

Sandy Hook’s tragedy flooded people in waves

There has been a new wave of bombings since the peace talks broke down

Of heat/sound/ligt : eg. Ultrasonic wave

Large number  : of people or things

2. verb :


- Hand/arm : [transitive,intransitive]Move your hand or arm from side to side

My mother was crying as I waved goodbye to her

He waved away that noisy kid impatiently


[transitive]  : to hold something in your hand and move it from side to side

 ‘I'm rich!’ she exclaimed, waving the money under his nose.


I tried make this sentence too :

That women with wavy hair was waving her hand and shouting at her daughter,  who was playing with the wave in the sea, as wave of sharks was coming at her.

Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on March 5, 2013 at 23:10


Dear Jinkee!

Bravo! What a brilliant voice recording! I’m amazed by your excellent pronunciation. Yes, it’s the gospel truth! You worked diligently on the challenge you had been given. Your enthusiasm and hard work has borne fruit. Enjoy the moment and keep up the good work!

Here's your plaque, Jinkee.


Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on March 5, 2013 at 23:02


I, Gabriel Sowrian, take great pleasure in presenting this plaque to our latest

Winner of the "Reading Homographs" Challenge!


Comment by Stephen on March 5, 2013 at 9:24

Hi Gabriel, I try to be confident and send you my voice record of the homographs sentence. Thanks! God bless!


I'll practice more and will send you the "very hard 18 words" soon..

Comment by Jinkee on March 5, 2013 at 6:22

Here is my voice record of the 22 sentences.

Comment by Gabriel Sowrian on February 28, 2013 at 22:07


Hi, Jinkee!

Wow! That’s totally awesome!! You deserve a big round of applause!!! 

I must admit I'm impressed with your voice. You sound relaxed and confident. Your listeners will find it hard to believe that you are a non-native speaker of English as your accent is music to our ears. Overall, I like your personality traits very much. You’re a gem; there’s a lot that the others could learn from you. Thank you for participating in my challenge, girl!

Okay, I don’t want to test your patience anymore! I’m sure you would like to know how well you have pronounced the homographs more than anything else! Well… you’ve pronounced most of the homographs appropriately except the following few: 

                          03. a) ok             b) refuse

                          04. a) ok             b) Polish (make a clear difference)

                          05. a) lead          b) lead

                          11. a) invalid     b) invalid

                          12. a) row          b) ok

                          15. a) sewer*     b) ok    * sew (verb) sewer (noun)

                          19. a) tear          b) ok

                           22. a) ok           b)  ok     c) records 

Note: Click on the above words; they're linked to an online dictionary! You can listen to their pronunciations there!

Jinkee, I’d be very glad if you could record the 22 sentences again. You could do it; I’ve full faith in you. I’ll be waiting here! Bye!!


Comment by Jinkee on February 25, 2013 at 5:46

Homograph 138: fashion

Pronunciation: same /ˈʃn/

Spelling: fashion

Meaning & Sentence



  1. 1.      fashion (verb) to make

We tried to fashion a kite out of newspaper and sticks.

  1. 2.      fashion (noun) a style

She is always dressed in the best fashion.


Comment by Jinkee on February 20, 2013 at 9:28

Here is my voice record of the new homograph sentences.

Comment by Marik on February 16, 2013 at 11:19

Here is my voice record of new sentences.

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