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Homonyms are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation, but different meanings. When words sound the same but can mean different things, they become tricky. This is where context clues come into play. Even though one word can morph into multiple meanings, the rest of the sentence should give you an idea of what's being discussed. There are many examples of homonyms.

1-bat

  • a long rounded stick that is used to hit the ball in baseball 
  • a long flattened stick that is used to hit the ball in cricket
a baseball bat




  • an animal that has wings and a furry body like a mouse


2-palm

  • the inside part of the hand between the wrist and the fingers
He placed a coin in the child's outstretched palm.

  • a kind of tree that grows in tropical regions and has a straight, tall trunk and many large leaves at the top of the trunk


3-sink

  • a wide bowl that has a faucet for water and a drain at the bottom and is usually positioned in a counter or on a pedestal
a kitchen sink


  • to go down below the surface of water, mud, etc.
The passengers were rescued from the boat before it sank.


4-letter

  • any one of the marks that are symbols for speech sounds in written language and that form an alphabet
“F” is the sixth letter of the English alphabet.


  • a written or printed message to someone
They always answer the letters they receive from their fans.


5-right

  • accurate or correct
“Is that clock right? Is it noon already?” “Yes. That's right.”


  • a location closer to the right side of your body than to the left : the right side
Swing the bat from right to left.


6-nail

  • long, thin piece of metal that is sharp at one end and flat at the other end and that is used chiefly to attach things to wood
a hammer and some nails


  • the hard covering at the end of a finger or toe : a fingernail or toenail
I get my nails done at the beauty salon every other week.


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