Heteronyms: Different Words that Look the Same


Heteronyms are words with different meanings and pronunciations that are spelled identically.

That means moped and moped are not necessarily the same words. They might be two distinct words with completely different meanings. They just look exactly alike. Whose idea was this? You’d think someone would change up a letter or two just to avoid confusion, but no, when I say moped I might mean a motorized bicycle or I might mean that I felt glum and lazy yesterday.

There are bunches of heteronyms in common parlance. We speak and write them daily, yet hardly anyone notices them. In fact, heteronyms almost never cause confusion because context is usually enough  to make the correct pronunciation and definition obvious:

“Feeling sorry for myself, I moped around all afternoon until I decided to enjoy the sunshine and take my moped for a spin.”

That wasn’t hard, right? The first one is the verb pronounced with one syllable  (mpd)  and the other is the two-syllable noun (mpd) Here are some other examples:

  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
  • This was a good time to present the present.
  • A striped bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A sewer stitched the tear in the sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  • Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  • The coop meets in a restored chicken coop.

I hope you are content with the content of this post.


Post your comments below!


About the Author

Brian Wasko

Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. click here
    click here03-22-2017

    Very good article! We are linking to this particularly great article on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  2. gebaudesicherung

    There is definately a lot to learn about this issue. I really like all of the points you ave made.

  3. find out here now
    find out here now03-20-2017

    I am so grateful for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  4. Music Player
    Music Player03-20-2017

    it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be

  5. funny shirts for adults
    funny shirts for adults03-20-2017

    of time to get rid of plaque. Be sure to give your self sufficient just about every early early morning and

  6. e zigaretten köln
    e zigaretten köln03-17-2017

    You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  7. แม่บ้าน

    Well I definitely enjoyed reading it. This article provided by you is very helpful for proper planning.

  8. พี่เลี้ยงเด็ก

    I really liked your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  9. โรงงานผลิตสบู่

    When they weighed in later angler fish facts

  10. cheap gym stringers
    cheap gym stringers03-16-2017

    This is a topic which is close to my heart Thank you! Where are your contact details though?

  11. earning with products
    earning with products03-16-2017

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually

  12. party

    Simply wanna admit that this is invaluable , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  13. play online casino
    play online casino03-16-2017

    I think this is a real great post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  14. ohne rezeot
    ohne rezeot03-15-2017

    Really appreciate you sharing this post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  15. schilder middelburg
    schilder middelburg03-14-2017

    My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  16. Find weed app
    Find weed app03-14-2017

    Woman of Alien Ideal get the job done you might have accomplished, this page is de facto neat with excellent info. Time is God as technique for holding all the things from taking place directly.

  17. fun888

    Keep in the excellent work, I examine few blogs on this site and My spouse and i conceive that your particular web site is basically interesting and has lots associated with excellent details.

  18. kamagra

    Thank you ever so for you article.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  19. twitter promotion
    twitter promotion03-13-2017

    Awesome post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

  20. hotel booking
    hotel booking03-11-2017

    Im grateful for the article post.Really thank you! Cool.

  21. pc games download
    pc games download03-10-2017

    It as enormous that you are getting thoughts from this post

  22. Watching the Super Bowl
    Watching the Super Bowl03-10-2017

    Some really nice stuff on this internet site , I love it.

  23. buy social media
    buy social media03-10-2017

    Some genuinely prime articles on this website , saved to favorites.

  24. first time using a dildo
    first time using a dildo03-10-2017

    A round of applause for your blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  25. ar condicionado sp
    ar condicionado sp03-08-2017

    pretty practical stuff, overall I believe this is worth a bookmark, thanks

  26. pipe manufacturers in chennai tamilnadu india
    pipe manufacturers in chennai tamilnadu india03-08-2017

    I truly appreciate this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  27. surprise gift
    surprise gift03-07-2017

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic article, I certainly loved each and every small bit of it. I ave bookmarked your internet site to look at the latest stuff you post.

  28. acura tsx
    acura tsx03-06-2017

    Im grateful for the blog article. Really Great.

  29. this sheat
    this sheat03-06-2017

    JyteLI With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?

  30. Joan Champaign
    Joan Champaign04-22-2015

    Love what you are doing!

  31. kate golusin
    kate golusin04-18-2015

    interested in purchasing some posters…

  1. seo03-22-17
  2. xm95tkdc4t34xkc5t43753vv303-22-17
  3. eshop cy03-22-17
  4. szybkie pozyczki03-22-17
  5. clitoral vibrators03-22-17
  6. Google03-22-17
  7. male vacuum pump03-21-17
  8. Waterproof Vibe03-21-17
  9. Swan Wand03-21-17
  10. Male Masturbators03-20-17
  11. Google03-16-17

Leave a Reply

If you like a post, please take a second to click "like," and comment as often as you like.
We promise not to correct your grammar!