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Homonyms

Exercise # 1

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  1. Many jams are made from ___.
    a. buries
    b. berries

     

  2. Let's ___ the hatchet and be friends.
    a. bury
    b. berry

     

  3. The children were brown as ___ after playing outside all summer.
    a. buries
    b. berries

     

  4. A small forest is called a ___.
    a. would
    b. wood

     

  5. I ___ ask her out for a date, if I wasn't so shy.
    a. would
    b. wood

     

  6. Can you get some more ___ for the fire?
    a. would
    b. wood

     

  7. Which is the best ___ for baking bread?
    a. flour
    b. flower

     

  8. In India the plum trees ___ before the cherry trees do.
    a. flower
    b. flour

     

  9. He picked a ___ for Joanna.
    a. flower
    b. flour

     

  10. I don't like it, it's ___ my style.
    a. knot
    b. not

     

  11. What ___ do you use for your tie.
    a. knot
    b. not

     

  12. That piece of wood has a big ___ in it.
    a. knot
    b. not

     

  13. I've ___ some tea. Do you want some?
    a. made
    b. maid

     

  14. He ___ me apologise for swearing at my sister.
    a. made
    b. maid

     

  15. An old fashioned word for a young lady is ___.
    a. made
    b. maid

     

  16. ___ is used at the beginning of a letter.
    a. Dear
    b. Deer

     

  17. Magda's father shot a ___ last night.
    a. dear
    b. deer

     

  18. He said it only cost £200, but I think that was ___.
    a. dear
    b. deer

     

  19. Is it a ___ or female dog?
    a. male
    b. mail

     

  20. Could you ___ this card for me?
    a. male
    b. mail

     

  21. How much do you ___?
    a. weigh
    b. way

     

  22. Excuse me, can you tell me the ___ to the underground station?
    a. way
    b. weigh

     

  23. He's so stubborn that he has to do everything his own ___.
    a. weigh
    b. way

Exercise # 2

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  1. A ___ is an animal.
    a. bare
    b. bear

     

  2. When it ___, it pours.
    a. rains
    b. reigns
    c. reins

     

  3. It is dishonest to ___.
    a. steal
    b. steel

     

  4. A ___ is a type of tree.
    a. beach
    b. beech

     

  5. Take me ___ your leader!
    a. to
    b. too
    c. two

     

  6. What a ___ of good milk!
    a. waist
    b. waste

     

  7. My ___ is naturally curly.
    a. hair
    b. hare

     

  8. Leeds United ___ the match.
    a. won
    b. one

     

  9. She vanished into thin ___.
    a. air
    b. heir

     

  10. The ___ of Poland is Warsaw.
    a. capital
    b. capitol

     

  11. Come ___ right this minute!
    a. hear
    b. here

     

  12. The window ___ was cracked.
    a. pain
    b. pane

     

  13. That's her! She is the ___.
    a. won
    b. one

     

  14. A ___ child is called a son.
    a. mail
    b. male

     

  15. A turnip is a ___ vegetable.
    a. root
    b. route

     

  16. To ___ means to plant seeds.
    a. sew
    b. so
    c. sow

     

  17. Iron is used to produce ___.
    a. steal
    b. steel

     

  18. I am very honoured to ___ you.
    a. meat
    b. meet

     

  19. A ___ is a type of shellfish.
    a. muscle
    b. mussel

     

  20. One tasty fish is called ___.
    a. place
    b. plaice

Exercise # 3

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  1. If the traffic is jammed, why don't you take another ___.
    a. root
    b. route

     

  2. He ___ constantly about the roads in Gorzów.
    a. wind
    b. wined
    c. whined

     

  3. I hate to ___ the subject but isn't it time you took a shower?
    a. broach
    b. brooch

     

  4. Velvet has a soft ___.
    a. knap
    b. nap

     

  5. I hear it all the ___.
    a. time
    b. thyme

     

  6. Do you want to go ___?
    a. higher
    b. hire

     

  7. She ___ kisses to her boyfriend.
    a. blew
    b. blue

     

  8. I was ___ to linguistics by Simon Haines.
    a. taught
    b. taut

     

  9. What ___ of shoes do you wear?
    a. sighs
    b. size

     

  10. What ___ you like for breakfast?
    a. wood
    b. would

     

  11. This ___ is about the history of the English language.
    a. lessen
    b. lesson

     

  12. The ___ comes in at 6pm here.
    a. tide
    b. tied

     

  13. Only ___ can make my life complete.
    a. ewe
    b. you
    c. yew

     

  14. The ___ bear is a very dangerous animal.
    a. grisly
    b. grizzly

     

  15. His ___ attention was focused on the film.
    a. rapt
    b. wrapped

     

  16. The ___ shop sold dress, veils and flowers.
    a. bridal
    b. bridle

     

  17. The ___ shop sold saddles, spurs and riding hats.
    a. bridal
    b. bridle

     

  18. That ___ has been in the river for hundreds of years.
    a. weir
    b. we're

     

  19. The ___ character in the play is a middle-aged spinster.
    a. principal
    b. principle

     

  20. Joanna ___ so much syrup over her pancakes that you can hardly see the plate.
    a. pores
    b. pours

Exercise # 4

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  1. A stretch of sand along the sea shore is called a ___.
    a. beach
    b. beech

     

  2. To begin any new business sufficient ___ is necessary.
    a. capital
    b. capitol

     

  3. The restaurant was especially famous for its ___ menu.
    a. desert
    b. dessert

     

  4. A ___ tree has small evergreen leaves and red berries.
    a. ewe
    b. you
    c. yew

     

  5. A person under the age of 18 is called a ___ in England.
    a. miner
    b. minor

     

  6. They ___ to be get on very well together.
    a. seam
    b. seem

     

  7. A versatile spice for meat and salad dressings is ___.
    a. time
    b. thyme

     

  8. One of the most hard-working of all insects is the ___.
    a. ant
    b. aunt

     

  9. She spreads a ___ of cold cream on her face every night.
    a. lair
    b. layer

     

  10. The study smelled of freshly polished ___ and old cigars.
    a. wood
    b. would

     

  11. What has man ___ through his greed and quest for power?
    a. wrought
    b. rot

     

  12. In English, proper names always begin with a ___ letter.
    a. capital
    b. capitol

     

  13. I would ___ you to take his offer rather than refuse it.
    a. council
    b. counsel

     

  14. The heat in the garden made Joanna feel ___ and weak.
    a. faint
    b. feint

     

  15. He had a ___ complexion so he had to avoid too much sun.
    a. fair
    b. fare

     

  16. I am shopping for a ___ pair of shoes to wear to the wedding.
    a. knew
    b. new

     

  17. The burglar shoved his ___ in a large canvas duffel bag.
    a. loot
    b. lute

     

  18. My least favourite job is to ___ the potatoes for supper.
    a. peal
    b. peel

     

  19. When people cry their ___ can be for both joy or sorrow.
    a. tears
    b. tiers

     

  20. Because of the bad weather ___ not going to go for a walk.
    a. they're
    b. their
    c. there

Exercise # 5

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  1. Joanna ___ a cup at her husband.
    a. threw
    b. through

     

  2. I can't believe that I ___ the whole thing!
    a. ate
    b. eight

     

  3. Plants are a natural source of fabric ___.
    a. die
    b. dye

     

  4. Decaying fish makes an extremely ___ smell.
    a. foul
    b. fowl

     

  5. There should be ___ to life than just work.
    a. more
    b. mower

     

  6. I learned to ___ when I was four years old.
    a. read
    b. reed

     

  7. Hania ___ her bicycle to work every day.
    a. road
    b. rode
    c. rowed

     

  8. It was a long story, but a fascinating ___.
    a. tail
    b. tale

     

  9. Roosters are a favorite weather ___ design.
    a. vain
    b. vane
    c. vein

     

  10. It becomes more difficult fo women to ___ children over the age of 30.
    a. bare
    b. bear

     

  11. She brushed out the hair of her horse's ___.
    a. main
    b. mane
    c. mein

     

  12. A ___ is said to be able to tell the future.
    a. profit
    b. prophet

     

  13. I can't wait to ___ the the second part of  "Lord of the Rings".
    a. sea
    b. see

     

  14. I told ___ not to go but he would not listen.
    a. him
    b. hymn

     

  15. Tell the ___ truth and nothing but the truth.
    a. hole
    b. whole

     

  16. The ___ reason I'm studying English is to pass the CAE exam.
    a. main
    b. mane
    c. mein

     

  17. Please ___ the carrots before you slice them.
    a. pair
    b. pare
    c. pear

     

  18. Are those flowers ___ or are they artificial?
    a. real
    b. reel

     

  19. What gives you the ___ to tell me what to do?
    a. right
    b. wright

     

  20. The busy ___ passed in front of the hospital.
    a. road
    b. rode
    c. rowed