Grandma's Tales

November 25, 2006

Grammar – 15 Did you take this homophone quiz?

Filed under: Language — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 11:21 pm

Here it comes. See if you can put in the right/write (?) words.

[1] Wait till I see him. I’ll give him a ________ of my mind! (peace, piece)

[2] ________ a misconception about this. (There’s, Theirs)

[3] Not on a diet? Good. _____ a lot of cream on the strawberries. (Pore, Pour)

[4]  I’m going out, ________ you want to come or not. (weather, whether)

[5]  Do you know him? He’s the famous ________ Mahesh Dattani! (playright, playwrite, playwright)

[6] He started his business with a small _______ shop selling envelopes and paper. (stationery, stationary)

[7] The new breed of comedians _______ in comparison to the ones we watched 20 years ago. (pales, pails)

[8]  Please accept it sir. ____________ of the house! (Compliments, Complements)

[9] Just a couple of hundreds? At that price, it’s a _______! (steel, steal)

[10] The bus stopped with a screech, when the driver applied the ________. (break, brake)

[11] Don’t _____ now. I think you  know him. (stair, stare)

[12]  Would you litter the place if it ______ your backyard? (were, where)

[13] As time _____ people forgot the small grave.  (past, passed)

[14]  I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. I haven’t ______ finished yet. (quiet, quite)

[15] Cheat in business and you _____ your reputation. (loose, lose)

Done? Now read this poem by Donni Bridson. Expresses our sentiments very well.

My brain won’t work, it gets words wrong,
But who can blame it anyway
When check and cheque are said the same,
But written with a different name?
And too, two, to and their, there, they’re
And in and inn and pair and pear.
Whether the weather is right or write,
If I see or sea with my site or sight.
How can we expect our students to learn
When we sew or sow and turn and tern?
I would, or wood, change the words if I could
To make more sense, or is it cents?
The bells were tolled, or were they told?
The shoes were soled, or where they sold?
Chips and place, your plaice, or mine?
The English language is divine!
The words we ewes, the hair I died,
Or the hare dyed, I sighed or side?
Even teechers sumthymes get it wrong!
I hope ewe like my little song.



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    Comment by Varun Chablani — November 29, 2006 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Varun,
    I was wondering where you guys were. I’m real glad you got “compliments”, “lose” and “passed” right. Those are tricky ones!
    Check the spelling of “whether”, will you? Not a big error, though. It’s “playwright” and “pales” (in the sense of “fades” in comparison). Good work!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — November 29, 2006 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  3. [1] piece

    [2] There’s,

    [3] Pour

    [4] whether

    [5] playwright

    [6] stationery

    [7] pales

    [8] ompliments,

    [9] steal

    [10] brake

    [11] stare

    [12] were

    [13] passed

    [14] quite

    [15] lose

    Comment by Rajaram — November 30, 2006 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  4. Hi Rajaram,
    Bingo! Got them all! Very good! But where is the “C” in “compliments”?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — November 30, 2006 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

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