GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Practice Test: Homonyms
Homonyms are words that have the same pronunciation but different spelling and meaning. Even though there are hundreds of homonyms in the English language, the following list shows some of the more commonly confused words.
|Word||Meaning||Word in a sentence|
|accept||to receive willingly||I accepted the offer to travel to Paris.|
|except||to exclude||Everyone in my family is tall except me.|
|affect||to have an impact||Did the accident affect you?|
|effect||a result||The effect of the medicine was overpowering.|
|board||a piece of wood||I drilled 2 holes in the board.|
|bored||not interested||Manuel was bored with the long movie.|
|brake||to stop; something that stops||The brakes were worn out.|
|break||to shatter to pieces||The rock will break through the window.|
|desert||to leave behind; dry land||You shouldn’t desert your friend.|
|dessert||sweet food served after dinner||My favorite dessert is blueberry pie.|
|fare||money paid by a passenger||I brought just enough money for bus fare.|
|fair||just, right||It was only fair that we split the money evenly.|
|forth||forward||Go forth to your destiny in the mountains!|
|fourth||in the 4th position||We came in fourth place in the race.|
|grate||to shred||I will grate the cheese for the pizza.|
|great||fantastic; of large size||We had a great time on our vacation.|
|hole||opening||I had a hole in my shoe.|
|whole||complete; entire||Bret ate the whole cake.|
|know||to understand||I don’t know how to do it.|
|no||opposite of yes||It made no sense to throw the food away.|
|led||past tense of the verb lead||She led the meeting at camp.|
|lead||a material in pencils||I broke the lead in my pencil.|
|male||a boy or man||There are males and females.|
|a message sent through the post office||I sent a letter through the mail.|
|passed||went by||I passed the store on the way home.|
|past||opposite of future||We went to the library in the past.|
|peace||opposite of war||When will the world know peace?|
|piece||a part||She at a piece of pie.|
|than||compared with||We had more meat than they did.|
|then||after that; at that time||Then we walked to the drugstore.|
|there||at that place||The bike was over there.|
|their||belonging to them||It was their grass we walked on.|
|they’re||they are||They’re always late.|
|to||indicates a direction||We flew to the coast.|
|too||also, in addition||You can go too.|
|two||the number 2||She bought two pairs of shoes.|
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Read the following letter and determine whether the correct homonym is being used:
I am writing to inform you that my brother and I are forming a landscaping business. 1)Were hoping to acquire clients in 2)you’re area. If possible, we would like to 3)meat with you just as soon as possible to explain 4)our business plan. Our meeting should not take longer than 5)for hours, and we would really appreciate being able to set this up just as soon as possible. I understand you have had some poor service in the 6)past, and we want you to know you can expect superior service from us.
We look forward to meeting with you soon.
Michael and Dave Johnson
- “1) (We’re) 2) (your) 3) (meet) 4) (our) 5) (four) 6) (past)”
Determine if words in bold have correct subject verb agreement and write the correct usage in the space provided.
Throughout the neighborhood, dogs1) is barking everywhere. One of the dogs 2)are running around in the middle of the street howling and two3) is running in circles. The Donaldson’s 4)come outside because they5) is unable to sleep. Mrs. Donaldson6) yell loudly at the dogs hoping to quiet them down, but nothing7) seem to help. Mr. Donaldson and the other neighbor Mr. Jones 8)meet in the middle of the street to figure out how to solve the problem. Soon, neighbors everywhere 9)starts coming outside. It seems no one can 10)sleep.
- “1) (are) 2) (is) 3) (are) 4) (come) 5) (are) 6) (yells) 7) (seems) 8) (meet) 9) (start) 10) (sleep)”
Determine whether pronouns in bold are used correctly and write the correct pronoun usage in the space provided.
Dear Home Owners’ Association:
I am writing to explain my frustration with my next door neighbor. All night long, Mr. Thomas or his wife is playing a trumpet until all hours of the night. It is so maddening, I just wish1) them would move away. I have tried to talk with2) their about it, but when I went to the door only 3) his daughter was at home. It seems to me that the association should step in and speak with 4) them. Perhaps 5) he or she will give a reasonable explanation, but I can’t imagine what that could be.
Please help me as I feel like I haven’t slept in days.
- “1) (they) 2) (them) 3) (their) 4) (them) 5) (they)”
After school ended, my 1) bros and I 2) snagged our surfboards, grabbed fifty 3) bucks in cash each, and 4) headed to the beach. We were 5) totally stoked to spend the day away from school and playing in the surf. I mean, it isn’t often that the waves reach ten feet and the sun comes out at the same time. School is such a 6) drag, so we didn’t really care when it came time for the bell to ring.
Use the words provided to replace bold words and eliminate informal usage.
- “1) (friends) 2) (loaded) 3) (dollars) 4) (drove) 5) (excited) 6) (bore)”