Homographs

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There are many words that appear to be the same word, or at least have a similar pronunciation but, in reality, they are very different. Think about the pronunciation of ough in the following words:

Thought

Rough

Through

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that the ough would be pronounced the same in each of these words. The letters theoretically indicate how the word is supposed to be pronounced, after all. These words, however, demonstrate that this letter combination has at least three distinct pronunciations.

Look up the following words. You’ll notice that they have different meanings, depending on the context:

Lead  http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=lead

Wind  http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=wind

Row  http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=row

Tear  http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=tear

These words not only have different meanings, they also have different pronunciations which go along with them. Do you know the different pronunciations? Come to inlingua to find out.