Thursday, May 28, 2009

Can You Say These Sentences Properly?

Why The English Language Is Hard To Learn

Homonyms, Synonyms or What?

While these words are neither homonyms, words which are pronounced the same but have different meanings, nor synonyms, words pronounced and spelled differently but with similar meanings, they form a group of interesting, tricky usage in English language connected speech. Try these out for yourself and you'll see.

Many English words change pronunciation or intonation with usage. Can you say these sentences properly?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object of the proposal.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow (a female pig) to sow (to spread seeds for planting). (see photos above)

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

So, how did you do with it? Remember, practice makes perfect as they say. Have your English language learners try them out too. Be sure to explain the meanings of these words so they'll better understand the sentences and word plays.

Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an EFL Teacher Trainer, Intellectual Development Specialist, author and speaker. He has written ESP, foreign language learning, English language teaching texts and hundreds of articles used in more than 100 countries. Get your FREE E-book, “If you Want to Teach English Abroad, Here's What You Need to Know" by requesting the title at: Need a blogger or copywriter to promote your school, institution, service or business or an experienced writer and vibrant SEO content for your website, blog or newsletter? Then E-mail me for further information.

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