Within the past couple of months, I’ve been dabbling in tutoring. More specifically, I’m tutoring folks who are looking for some assistance pertaining to the English language, and I’ve been enjoying it so far.
Because I haven’t exactly applied my English learnings to a more detailed degree since coming back to work full-time on the farm after working as a reporter, I will admit that I’m a little rusty in certain elements of English. Tutoring has reminded me just how rusty I am in certain areas, but in a way, it’s good – I’m brushing up on some knowledge I once knew like the back of my hand.
Okay, maybe not to that extent. I’m not a prodigy, but you get my point.
I met with a new client recently who would like to go over some basic components of English, some examples being homonyms, synonyms and antonyms. Synonyms and antonyms I can remember with no issue, but I had to do a little bit of reading to refresh my memory on what exactly homonyms are.
I thought I would provide my own explanation of these three things here on my blog in case anyone else is curious as to what exactly these words mean.
Synonyms are words that are entirely different in spelling and their phonetical pronunciation but offer the same meaning, for example, the words gorgeous and beautiful, or nasty and mean.
Antonyms are words that are opposite in meaning, for example, big and small, or hot and cold.
Homonyms fall into two different categorizations. Homonyms are words that are spelled and pronounced phonetically the same but have different meanings, for example, the word band. Band can refer to a musical group or a piece of jewelry. Homonyms are also words that differ in spelling and meaning but have the same phonetical pronunciation, for example, two, too and to.
There ya have it, my friends.
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