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homonym worksheet for business English




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HOMOPHONES-1/3 (editable with answer key)
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HOMOPHONES - PART ONE- PICTIONARY (B&W VERSION INCLUDED)
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HOMOPHONES
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THEIR, THERE or THEY´RE - MULTIPLE CHOICE
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homonym is a word that sounds like another but has a different spelling and a different meaning.

 
Listen here to hear examples of spoken homonyms:
 
1. coup / coo                                2. broach / brooch                 3. cache / cash
 
 
 
Exercise 1: Please choose the correct homonym to complete these sentences.
 
John Smith was . He decided to read the  results for the  time.
He grabbed the computer mouse and moved the  to the “repeat” button. He sighed and wondered how all this reading would  his eyesight. Suddenly, the room was filled with the  of expensive perfume.
Jane entered the office.
“I’d like to  you on your new perfume”, said John. “Where did you  it?” “
It was quite the ”, said Jane. “I  in the  earnings we hid in our Swiss bank account.”
“What?” cried John, “Are you out of your ?”
 
 
 
 
Exercise 2: Please type in the correct homonym in these colloquial phrases:

 
1. To break an agreement:  To  a contract
                                                (breach / breech) 

2. When a company is bought against its will:    A  takeover

                                                                       (hostel / hostile) 
 
3. A group of directors:    of directors

                                           (bored / board) 
 

4. To convert something into money:   To  something in

                                                                 (cash / cache) 

5. To act in a foolish way:      To be out of one’s

                                                                           (census / senses)

 
6. To introduce an uncomfortable topic or theme:     To  a subject
                                                                                         (brooch / broach)
 
7. To count or collect information about a population:    To take a
                                                                                                         (senses / census)
 
 
Exercise 3: Complete the crossword puzzles with homonyms used in the first two exercises
 
1 2
1
4
3 2
3 4
5
6
5
6

Across                                           Down

1 unfriendly                                     1 inexpensive lodgings

2 to change                                    2 a result

3 smell, sight, hearing , etc           3 population count
4 a successful stroke or blow       4 a soft murmur
5 one who uses rude words         5 position marker
6 after third                                     6 a direction; away
 
 
 
 
2 3
2
1
5
1
4
4
3
5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Across                                           Down

1 a result                                         1 to change
2 a pinned ornament                     2 to introduce a subject
3 allotment or amount                    3 to flatter
4 the back part                               4 to break through
5 to draw out, to provoke              5 illegal, unlawful