H is for Heron

Ardea herodias
Great Blue Herons prefer fishing; mice are so messy.

H is for heteros and homos

Heteronyms are words with the same spelling, but a different sound and meaning.

bow (verb, to bend over)

bow (noun, a knotted ribbon)

produce (verb, to create something)

produce (noun, fruits and vegetables)

Homonyms are words with the same sound or spelling, but different meanings. Homonyms include homographs and homophones.

Homographs are words with the same sound and spelling, but a different meaning.

spell (noun, a witch’s charm)

spell (verb, create the proper form of a word)

spell (noun, a short time)

spell (noun, a short amount of activity or work)

Homophones are words with the same sound, but a different spelling and meaning.

pair (noun, a couple)

pare (verb, to remove the skin of a fruit or vegetable)

pear (noun, a fruit)

Exercises

  1. Think of some additional heteronyms and homonyms and create confusing sentences with them.