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  1. Great post!

    As a non-native, I always have problems with some homophones such as loose lose or than and then. Thank you for the time you take to write those posts. They are truly helpful for people as me that try to learn the English grammar.

    • Hi Andrei,
      I’m so glad you find my posts helpful. That is the reason why I write them to help English learners become more proficient.
      Thank you so much for reading and for your comment.

  2. Hi Chris, Nice to see your comparison of homophones with homographs. There are so many! One suggestion I’d make in learning to use these words correctly is to pay attention to context. We would not plant a flour in the garden, for example! Pictures are very helpful, too. I taught ESL for a number of years, and this was always a trouble spot for my students.

    • Hi Suzi,
      Thank you for taking the time to read the post. You are so right, paying attention to context can be very helpful in differintiating between words and using them correctly. I didn’t think about that and it would have been a good point to include in the lesson. Thank you for bringing that to my attention and of course in classroom lessons using pictures can really help to clear things up for students.

  3. Great lesson on homophones for English learners, very thorough practice. Differentiating between homophones and homographs can be confusing for some people, but you have cleared it up so nicely. A recommended lesson for anyone needing to brush up on the English language.

    • Hi Carol,
      Thank you for reading the post. I’m so glad you found that it was clear enough for anyone to understand. It’s not always easy to try to explain grammatical concepts through the written word only. You are right, homophones and homographs can be confusing.

  4. Bill

    Hello. That is very interesting. I am not new to the English language but I have never heard of Homophones or Homographs. I find the English language always has a few surprises and new things to learn. I have school age kids I will ask them if they know of these terms. Are you a teacher? Thank-you for sharing this information.

    • Hi Bill,
      Thank you for visiting the site and reading the article. I’m glad you found the it helpful. The English language, just like any other language, is always changing and transforming itself so we will always come across new information and things we can learn.
      I have been teaching EFL to Spanish speakers for a few years but I’m not a certified teacher nor do I have any formal training. I just love the language and love helping others to learn it.

  5. Chris, this is such an important and useful post. My father is an English teacher and made sure that I was aware of the grammar from an early age.
    So I see the rampant butchering of the English language nowadays and understand that more people need to read this post and the others on your site. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Hi Ahmad,
      Thank you for taking the time to read the article and for your comments. Yes, I agree with you, now a days there is a great deal of ‘rampant butchering’ of the English language. I think that the proliferation of technology and the massive use of text messaging have greatly contributed to this problem. We all need little reminders from time to time to regain the knowledge we once had of grammar rules and certainly it’s important for those new to the language to learn it correctly.

  6. I had an interesting read and learned a bit about grammar. It got me curious to know more. You certainly have a lot of knowledge in grammar. Even though I’m not new to english language, I feel there’s a lot to learn. I will be coming back to your site for more.

    • Hi Demi,
      I’m glad you found that you were able to learn something from my post. The English language is constantly changing, as I guess any language does, so there is always something new to learn. Thank you for visiting my site and I hope you come again soon.

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