Homonym, Homophone, and Homograph (English Courses in the Philippines)

       Are you familiar with homonym, homophone, and homograph? Are you confused by these words? Well, let us find out the difference and usage of the said words and add them to our vocabulary.

Homonym – is one of two or more words that have the same sound, either they are spelled the same or not but have different meaning.



          “Gorilla” which means “large ape”, and
          “Guerrilla” which means “military soldier”.


          The gorilla returned to his cage after he found some fruits to eat.

          The guerrilla forces were successfully defeated their enemies.

Homophone – is one of two or more words that have the same sound, but have different meaning, spelling, or derivation.



              “Canvas” which means “rough cloth”, and
              “Canvass” which means “asking for vote”.


              I used canvas for my exhibit this coming Monday.

             He fails to canvass his neighborhood in support of his selected candidates.

Homograph – is one of two or more words that have the same spelling but have different meaning and sound.



        “Sow” which means “female pig”, and
        “Sow” which means “to plant seeds”.


        The sow is trying to escape together with the boar.

        He will sow the seeds of pineapple when it rains.

       There is a big advantage if you know already the meaning of the words in order you to understand well the usage of each word that has been used in the sentence.

        Here is another example.


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