Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently OR Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently
KNEW is the past tense of the verb KNOW. * I knew I would do well on my homonym test! * Sally knew all the lyrics to Justin Bieber. NEW is the opposite of old. * I love my new MINI Cooper. * We welcomed the new student into the class. MEMORY TIP: If you remember that KNOWLEDGE is spelled with a K, then you can see that the root word is KNOW! Today I KNOW, yesterday I KNEW.
Use THAN to compare two things Mrs. Fanning’s desk is neater THAN mine. Are you smarter THAN a 5 th grader? Use THEN to tell when something happens First I am going to the store, THEN to the theater. Back then I was much happier. Memory Trick: Technically these are not homonyms because THAN is supposed to be pronounced with a short “a” sound. And THEN rhymes with WHEN—so the definition rhymes with the “e” spelling.
Use WEAK as the opposite of strong. He was so attractive, I felt WEAK in the knees every time I saw him. She made a really WEAK argument to her mother about getting a puppy. Use WEEK to mean 7 days. Next WEEK is Christmas vacation! This is going to be one busy WEEK. MEMORY TRICK: Each WEEK at school I get an Excellent Education!
Use WHICH as a pronoun to tell what one or ones. Which dog is yours? Can you tell which way to go? A WITCH is a woman thought to have supernatural powers. Last Halloween, I dressed as a WITCH. The Wicked WITCH of the West was melted. Memory Trick: The WITCH cast a spell that made me ITCH!