Language point

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 January, 2004, 12:00am

Sometimes words have two meanings and you have to look at the whole sentence to see which one is correct. Which meaning is the right one in these sentences?

1. I can't see a thing because I have broken my GLASSES. (a. Something you drink out of; b. something that corrects bad eyesight)

2. You must stop biting your NAILS. (a. the hard bits at the front of your fingers; b. small, sharp pieces of metal that keep two things together)

3. He keeps the pigs in a PEN behind the farm house. (a. something you use to write with; b. an enclosure for animals)

4. You take the next FORK on the road to get to the station. (a. something you use to put food in your mouth; b. the place where a road divides into two sections)

5. Don't waste water. Please turn off the TAP. (a. a slight knock on someone's shoulder; b. the thing that water comes out of)

Answers: 1b/2a/3b/4b/5b