What is a Homonym & a Multiple Meaning Word?
When reading, our students can easily get confused with homonyms and multiple meaning words.
This is because, in English, we can find three types of homonyms that follow different rules. Listed below are the 3 rules:
1. The words that are spelled and sounds alike like in the word bat (an animal) and bat (a wooden tool).
2. The words that sound the same, but are spelled differently like in the word weight and wait
3. The words that that look alike but do not sound the same like in the word to read and have read.
In the downloadable, the first rule type is shown.
What is a Multiple Meaning Word?
Multiple meaning words can also be confusing for the students. In English, we can find two types of multiple-meaning word. Listed below are the two rule types.
1. A word that is spelled and pronounced the same way, but has more than one definition. Ex. Can ( to be able to do it) and can (tin container)
2. A word that is spelled the same, but is pronounced differently and has different definitions. Ex. Wind, (to blow air) and wind (to wound up). In the downloadable, the first rule type is shown