Fun with Homophones and Vocabulary

By | August 8, 2014

My traffic has gone up, so I know that a lot of you are already studying for the next Civil Service Exam. Well, here’s something that will make you relax (hopefully) a bit.

Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation, but different meaning. can you identify any words that have such characteristics?

In each of the following groups of words identify the odd one out. 

1) counsel, cancel, council

Answer
cancel

2.) so, sow, saw

Answer
saw

3.) leek, leak, lick

Answer
lick

4.) sin, seen, scene

Answer
sin

5.) sell, sale, cell

Answer
sale

6) bone, borne, born

Answer
bone

Choose the most appropriate word that should go into the blanks in the sentences below.

1. His wise ________ helped me make the correct decision.
a) counsel
b) cancel
c) council

Answer
a

2. When he ________the ________he decided to run from the garden.
a.) So
b.) sow
c.) saw

Answer
a, b. In this context, sow is a female pig.

3. The deer was drawn to a salt ________
a.)leek
b) leak
c) lick

Answer
c

4. The ________of crime was ________by every one.
a.) sin
b.) seen
c.) scene

Answer
c, b

5. He will ________ his bicycle when he goes to his prison ________.

a.) sell
b.) sale
c.) cell

Answer
a, c

6. A problem ________ out of frustration has gripped the family.
a.) bone
b.) borne
c.) born

Answer
b
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