Homophones and Homonyms Practice Exercises

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Homophones and Homonyms Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise 1

Circle the correct word in each sentence. The answers at the end of the lesson include definitions for both word choices.

1. The students were convinced their teacher was (persecuting/prosecuting) them with way too much homework.
2. One of the assignments was to create a (bibliography/biography) of all the books the students had read during the school year.
3. The teacher's goal was to help the students (adopt/adapt) good study habits.
4. The students, on the other hand, had a (duel/dual) objective: they wanted less homework and longer summer vacations.
5. The teacher promised that the in-class essay she assigned would have no (affect/effect) on the students' final grades.
6. In an attempt to convince the teacher to change the assignment, the students argued that they had (all ready/already) done enough in-class writing for the week.
7. The teacher smiled and told the students to take a deep (breath/breathe) and begin their writing assignment.
8. The students decided to stop resisting the inevitable and start getting down to work on their (personal/personnel) essays.
9. (Whether/Weather) or not the students' essays were neatly written and legible, the teacher planned to read them carefully and comment on them.
10. The (stationary/stationery) desks where the students sat suddenly fell silent when the essay writing finally began.


1. persecuting. To persecute is to punish unfairly; to prosecute is to take legal action against.
2. bibliography. A bibliography. A bibliography is a list of books; a biography is the story of is the story ofone person's life.
3. adopt. To adopt is to take something or someone as one's own; to adapt is to adjust or modify something.
4. dual. Dual means two; a duel is a formal competition between two opponents.
5. effect. Effect is a noun meaning result; affect is a verb meaning to have an effect on someone or something.
6. already. Already describes a point in time; all ready means that everyone in a group is ready.
7. breath. Breath is a noun meaning the air inhaled or exhaled; breathe is a verb meaning the act of inhaling and exhaling.
8. personal. Personal means belonging to an individual; personnel means all the employees in a company.
9. Whether. Whether is a conjunction of uncertainty, if; weather is a noun meaning the conditions of the atmosphere of a given place at a given time.
10. stationary. Stationary means unmoving; stationery means writing paper
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