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CMAT Exam 2015 English Language: Understanding Homophones

Feb 14, 2015 15:25 IST

    Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) Exam 2015 is set to be conducted from 19th to 22nd February 2015. Let us understand what are homophones with a few examples to perform better in Language Comprehension section.

    What is a Homophone?

    Homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but their meanings are different, and may differ in spelling.


    1. Rose (flower) and Rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.

    2. Passed is the past tense of pass, which means to move from one place to another or to change from one state to another. (There are a few other meanings of the word pass, but for this example we’re using the most straightforward meaning.)

    • The tray of cookies was passed around the circle until everyone had one.
    • Past means the period of time that has already happened, in contrast to the present or the future.
    • Don’t worry about the argument we had yesterday; it’s in the past.

    3. Die and Dye -

    Die means to stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
    “I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you.”
    As a noun, dye means a colourant. As a verb, dye means to color with dye.
    I want to make a big change. I’m going to dye my hair red!

    Wordplay is particularly common in English because the multiplicity of linguistic influences offers considerable complication in spelling and meaning and pronunciation compared with other languages.

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