Homophones Homonyms

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Homophones Homonyms

Use "there" when referring to a place, whether concrete ("over there by the building") or more abstract ("It must be difficult to live there"). There is an antique store on Camden Avenue. The science textbooks are over there on the floor.

Using the homonyms "there", "their", and "they're", and "your" and "you're"

Use "their" to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them. My friends have lost their tickets. Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.

The word homophone is made from two combining forms: •homo- (from the Greek word "homos", meaning "same" •-phone (from the Greek word "phone", meaning "voice" or "sound"You will see many other English words using one or other of these combining forms.

Remember that "they're" is a contraction of the words they and are. It can never be used as a modifier, only as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself). Hurry up! They're closing the mall at 6 tonight! I'm glad that they're so nice to new students here.

Test your usage. When you use any of these three words, get in the habit of asking yourself these questions: If you wrote "there", will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with here? If so, you're using it correctly. If you chose "their", will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with our? If so, you've chosen the correct word. If you used "they're", will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with they are?

Understand the proper usage of the word you're". It is a contraction, or a combination of the words you and are. Other examples of contractions include doesn't, they're, and can't. "You're a good friend ." ("YOU ARE a good friend.") "I don't know what you're talking about." ("I don't know what YOU ARE talking about.")


Understand the proper usage of the word "your". The word "your" is the possessive form of you, referring to something that a person has, or something that belongs to the person in discussion [or, the person you are talking to]. "Is your stomach growling?"


A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too. Homophones that are spelled the same are also both homographs and homonyms

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