BBC Learning English Quiznet Homonyms

1. I think I'll keep my coat on, I'm feeling a bit __________. a) Chile b) chilli c) chilly d) chillee 2. a) b) c) d) It was terrible, they left __________ passport in the taxi and missed the plane. their there theyr'e they're

3. For her school geography exam, she had to learn the names of all the __________ in the world. a) sees b) sease c) seize d) seas 4. a) b) c) d) 5. a) b) c) d) 6. a) b) c) d) The garden was full of flowers which gave off a wonderful __________. scent zent cent sent She is a devout Catholic and __________ every day. praze praise prays preys Rather than pay for a gym membership, he __________ his bike to work every day. rowed wrode rode road

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ANSWERS:

1. I think I'll keep my coat on, I'm feeling a bit __________. a) Chile – Sorry, this word is the name of a South American country. b) chilli – Sorry, this is the wrong answer. A chilli is a spicy red pepper. c) chilly – Well done! This is correct. To feel 'chilly' is to feel uncomfortably cool. d) chillee – Sorry, there is no such word.

2. It was terrible, they left __________ passports in the taxi and missed the plane. a) their – This is the correct answer. 'Their' means 'belonging to them'. b) there – Sorry, we use the word 'there' when talking about a place that isn't here. c) theyr'e – This is the wrong answer - there is no such word. d) they're – Sorry, this is not the right expression. 'They're' is a contraction of 'they are'.

3. For her school geography exam, she had to learn the names of all the __________ in the world. a) sees - Sorry, this is the wrong answer. 'Sees' is the 3rd person singular of 'to see'. b) sease - Sorry, this is not the correct answer. There is no such word. Try again! c) seize - Sorry, this is not the correct answer. To 'seize' means to grab. d) seas - Well done! 'Seas' is another word for 'oceans'.

4. The garden was full of flowers which gave off a wonderful __________. a) scent - This is the correct answer. A 'scent' is a nice aroma or smell. b) zent – Wrong. This not the correct answer. There is no such word. c) cent – This is the wrong expression. A 'cent' is one hundredth of a dollar. d) sent - Sorry, this is not the correct answer. 'Sent' is the past tense of 'send'.

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5. She is a devout Catholic and __________ every day. a) praze – Sorry, there is no such word. Try again! b) praise – This is not the correct answer. To 'praise' someone is to show approval. c) prays – This is the correct expression. Well done! d) preys – No, you want a different word. 'Preys is the 3rd person singular of 'to prey'.Try

again!
6. Rather than pay for a gym membership, he __________ his bike to work every day. a) rowed – Sorry, try again. 'Rowed' is the past tense of 'row' which is to move through water

using oars.
b) wrode – Sorry, there is no such word. Try again! c) rode – This is the correct expression. 'Rode' is the past tense of 'ride'. d) road - Sorry, this is not the right word. This is a long hard surface for vehicles to travel

along. Try another answer.

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