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Words with more meanings

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Written by   57
11 months ago
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We are often confused by words with more than one meaning. There are lot of different words in English language that can make a real mess in our brains.

For example, the word date can be brown sweet fruit . “I ate some lovely dates.”

Or if you have a date with someone you have an appointment to meet this person.

“I’ve got a date with Mark next Friday".

Here are more examples-

BEAR

1.It can be a large mammal that lives in a forest: “There was a bearin the our back garden.”
2. If you can’t “bear” something, it’s too much for you:“I couldn’t bear the pain. It was awful.”

RUN

  1. When you “run”, your legs move fast: “I’ve been running in the park.”

  2. If you “run” a company, you direct or manage it:“She’s been running the company alone.”

There are 3 basic terms to describe the different types of words: homonyms, homophones and homographs.

Homonyms

Homonyms are words which have the same spelling and pronunciation, but have different meanings. For example:
I lit the fire with a match.
I got injured in the football match .

Homophones
Homophones are words which have the same pronunciation, but different spellings and meanings.
I saw eight friends at the park.
I ate a lot of food during weekend .

Homographs
Homographs are words that are spelt the same, but have different pronunciations and meanings.
There’s a tear in my trousers. [a hole] pronunciation: /teə/
He had a tear in his eye. [liquid that comes out of your eye] pronunciation: /tɪə/

As you can notice we pronounce it differently.

English can be difficult for learning because of idioms, homonyms, homographs and homophones.

Do you often use words with more than one meaning? I actually use homophones very often.



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And such words make up the richness of a language. And there are a large number of them in Serbian.

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11 months ago

Of course, there are many homophones in our language too

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11 months ago

Profesorica engleskog malo da nas nauci. Ja znam samo naše reči sa više značenja, eng i ne znam

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11 months ago

I am using then very often.THanks god people understand me what I want to say.This double meaning confuse many people.

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11 months ago

It's really interesting when we look at our language, great idea for writing, dear

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11 months ago

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it.

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11 months ago

Yes, it is really sometimes confusing. But they also say about us, the Serbian language, that it is a language with a hundred tails. :)

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11 months ago

Yes, you are right. Serbian has also many confusing words, especially homophones, and foreigners, studing the language, find it dificult to figure out.

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11 months ago

Strangers who try to say one of our words are incredibly sweet and funny to me at the same time :)

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