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Homonyms Exercise #1


  1. Have you ever flown in a small jet ___ .
    a. plain
    b. plane


  2. Maria ___ her thanks before she eats every meal.
    a. praise
    b. prays
    c. preys


  3. A ___ expression mixes both humour and disbelief.
    a. rye
    b. wry


  4. The film ___ him so he slept through most of it.
    a. board
    b. bored


  5. Rommel was the General in charge of the African ___ .
    a. core
    b. corps


  6. I will need to buy some ___ before I can make that carrot cake.
    a. flour
    b. flower


  7. We get ___ delivery everyday in our village.
    a. mail
    b. male


  8. The bells began to ___ at the end of the church service.
    a. peal
    b. peel


  9. A member of the House of Lords is known as a ___.
    a. peer
    b. pier


  10. A wedding ceremony is a solemn ___.
    a. right
    b. rite


  11. That quilt cover will dry faster if you ___ it out well.
    a. ring
    b. wring


  12. Simon ___ his father some bird stamps for his birthday.
    a. scent
    b. sent
    c. cent


  13. She had a ___ throat so she went to see her doctor.
    a. soar
    b. sore


  14. Piotrek's favourite colour is navy  ___ .
    a. blew
    b. blue


  15. Lessons at that school might be ___ but you won't learn very much!
    a. cheap
    b. cheep


  16. Baby birds ___ when their parents bring them food.
    a. cheap
    b. cheep


  17. Tiger Woods designed a new golf ___.
    a. coarse
    b. course


  18. The commercial jet ___ swiftly through the clouds.
    a. flew
    b. flue
    c. flu


  19. What can ___ do to persuade her to go out on a date with me?
    a. I
    b. eye


  20. The ___ seemed to be much hotter today.
    a. son
    b. sun





  1.  Many conscripts wanted to ___ the army.
    a. desert
    b. dessert


  2. The area has been ___ for silver since 1760.
    a. mind
    b. mined


  3. He reminds me of a ___ with his shirt off!
    a. gorilla
    b. guerrilla


  4. A ___ is a type of monk.
    a. friar
    b. fryer


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


  6. A ___ is a type of stringed instrument.
    a. liar
    b. lyre


  7. He took the ___ of a postman in the village play.
    a. role
    b. roll


  8. Gosia yelled at her class until she was ___.
    a. hoarse
    b. horse


  9. He joined a ___ of acrobats, dancers and clowns.
    a. troop
    b. troupe


  10. What do you get if you ___ two plus seven? Nine.
    a. ad
    b. add


  11. A ___ of elephants were resting beside the river when the poachers arrived.
    a. heard
    b. herd


  12. I often wanted to ___ her neck!
    a. ring
    b. wring


  13. This is the ___ of the Battle of Hastings.
    a. sight
    b. site
    c. cite


  14. I was wondering if you ___ busy.
    a. were
    b. where


  15. I want to experience as much of life as possible before I ___.
    a. die
    b. dye


  16. Donata achieved a ___ result in the CAE exam.
    a. decent
    b. descent


  17. The England team was ___ player short when Beckham was sent off.
    a. won
    b. one


  18. British Airways flights usually carry two different flight ___.
    a. crews
    b. cruise


  19. I like to have ___ with sausages.
    a. mustard
    b. mustered


  20. I think I need a ___.
    a. rest
    b. wrest



  1. She worked at two part time jobs to pay off her student ___.
    a. loan
    b. lone


  2. I  ___ the last lesson because I was ill.
    a. missed
    b. mist


  3. It is important to ___ your children when they do good work.
    a. praise
    b. prays
    c. preys


  4. I don't like that ___ of writing. I prefer something more modern.
    a. stile
    b. style


  5. The pulmonary ___ carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
    a. vain
    b. vane
    c. vein


  6. I ___ too many sweets before dinner. Now I don't feel hungry.
    a. ate
    b. eight


  7. Cotton, straw and hay can be stored in a bundle called a ___.
    a. bail
    b. bale


  8. Magda had always wanted to go on a ___ around the Caribbean.
    a. crews
    b. cruise


  9. The teacher heard some of his students ___ when he mentioned homework.
    a. groan
    b. grown


  10. She was wearing a  ___ black skirt.
    a. plain
    b. plane


  11. Turn ___ at the next corner and then 2nd left.
    a. right
    b. rite


  12. If you are tired, just think about climbing one __ at a time.
    a. stair
    b. stare


  13. The doctor worked to save her life but the effort was in ___.
    a. vain
    b. vane
    c. vein


  14. The television news programme reported on all of the ___ issues.
    a. currant
    b. current


  15. There's no ___ like home.
    a. place
    b. plaice


  16. Twenty per ___ cent of sub-Saharan Africans are believed to have the HIV virus.
    a. scent
    b. sent
    c. cent


  17. My ___ has got much worse since I starting working at night.
    a. sight
    b. site
    c. cite


  18. It is not unusual to see a wild ___ in the forest near Skwiezyna.
    a. boar
    b. bore
    c. boor


  19. He kissed her good ___ at the airport as she left for her trip.
    a. buy
    b. by
    c. bye


  20. To remove the seeds from an apple one needs to cut out the ___.
    a. core
    b. corps



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