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.
mail 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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