Language point

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 December, 2003, 12:00am

As we have discussed in a previous edition, a homophone is each of two or more words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins or spellings. Let's try another exercise with homophones. Choose the correct ones for the following sentences:

1. He was surprised that (there/their) old car had made it all the way up (there/their). 2. I (wonder/wander) into the village and stare in (wonder/wander) at the beautiful temple. 3. I made my (way/weigh) to the fish market, where I asked a woman to (way/weigh) the crabs. 4. I cannot guess (whether/weather) the (whether/weather) will improve. 5. (Sum/some) children use a calculator to work out a (sum/some).

ANSWERS: 1. their, there 2. wander, wonder 3. way, weigh 4. whether, weather 5. some, sum