Grammar PracticeHomophones ELA 8/Ms.Modugno Accept vs. Except ACCEPT EXCEPT (v.) to agree to something or to receive something willingly (prep) excluding; to keep out or leave out Sentence: I was accepted to the University of Boston. Sentence: I’m going to eat everything except the anchovies. I accept your invitation to go to prom. Advice vs. Advise ADVICE ADVISE (n.) an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action (v.) to offer advice; to counsel; recommend; or suggest Sentence: I didn’t listen to my mother’s advice. Sentence: I advise my students to study in advance for all exams. Affect vs. Effect AFFECT EFFECT (v.) to produce an effect or change (n.) an outcome or result produced by an action or cause (to influence, change, impact) Sentence: Cold weather affected the crops. The music affected him deeply. (result/consequ ence) Sentence: The battle would have a profound effect on the rest of the war. Loss of stamina is just one effect of smoking. All ready vs. Already ALL READY ALREADY (phrase) completely prepared or ready for action (adv) previously or before (completely prepared) (happened previously) Sentence: As soon as I put my coat on, I’ll be all ready to go! We are all ready to go camping. Sentence: I have already taken out the trash. Is it Monday already?! Now that he had his party hat on, Matty was all ready to celebrate his 1st birthday. I have already been to San Francisco. Brake vs. Break BRAKE BREAK (n.) a device used for slowing or stopping (v.) to slow down or stop (n.) a rest (v.) to smash, split, or destroy something Sentence: When the cat jumped out, the driver quickly applied the brakes. I brake for squirrels. Sentence: I took a break from studying to eat an apple I handed my phone to my sister cautiously; I didn’t want her to break it. Desert vs. Dessert DESERT DESSERT (n.) a dry, often sandy region or very little rain (v) To leave empty or alone (n.) a sweet course or dish Sentence: I visited the Sahara Desert when I was 10. My friends deserted me to watch The Walking Dead. Sentence: After the main course, we had a sweet chocolate dessert. I would like an ice cream sundae for dessert. Hear vs. Here HEAR HERE (v.) to listen to; give or pay attention to (adv) in this place; at this point Sentence: I can’t hear the music, can you turn it up? Sentence: We will meet here at the same time tomorrow to study for our homonyms quiz. Its vs. It’s ITS IT’S (pronoun) belonging to (contraction) it is Sentence: The puppy dumped its water bowl. Sentence: Put on a sweater because it’s cold out. Loose vs. Lose LOOSE LOSE (adj.) free; not tight (v.) to suffer a loss Sentence: Oh, no! The dog got loose!! These jeans are too loose to wear. Sentence: Did you lose your keys again? The team managed to lose every game this season, but we still had a ton of fun. Passed vs. Past PASSED PAST (v.) moved by; overcame (adj.) having existed in a time previous to the present (n.) the time gone by; of an earlier time Sentence: We just passed the Golden Gate Bridge. I studied really hard to pass my last math exam. Sentence: The past several months have been very exciting, but now it’s time to hit the books. I often feel nostalgic about the past. Peace vs. Piece PEACE PIECE (n.) calm, stillness (n.) a part of a whole Sentence: Is it possible to achieve world peace? Sentence: My sister refused to give me a piece of her brownie. I can’t figure out where this puzzle piece goes! Plain vs. Plane PLAIN PLANE (adj.) not fancy (n.) airplane (n.) Flat land Sentence: The wedding dress was plain, yet stunning. We drove for hours across the plains of Oklahoma. I don’t frequently travel by plane. Sentence: In order to get to California, I had to go on a plane. I traveled by plane from New York to Hawaii. The clouds rolled softly above the plain. Quiet vs. Quite QUIET QUITE (adj.) not noisy (adv) truly, really Sentence: Please be quiet, I’m trying to study. The entire gym was quiet when she served the volleyball. Sentence: I found the haunted maze quite scary for a backyard project. The pie was quite delicious. Quiet please, studying in progress! This dog appears to be quite happy, doesn’t he? Stationary vs. Stationery STATIONARY STATIONERY (adj.) standing still, not moving (n.) writing materials such as pens, paper, envelopes, etc. Sentence: I don’t like using the stationary bike at the gym because I prefer to actually ride my bike. Sentence: My mother bought me stationery when I went to camp so I could write letters home. Than vs. Then THAN THEN (conjunction) indicates a comparison or contrast; except; other than (adv.) at that time; afterward; in addition to Sentence: Her hair is darker than mine. You should buy the red car rather than the blue one. Sentence: They packed their suitcases and then put them in the car. There vs. Their vs. They’re THERE THEIR THEY’RE (adv) a place (pronoun) belonging to them (contraction) they are Sentence: There is an antique store on Camden Ave. Sentence: My friends have lost their tickets! Their stuff is everywhere! Sentence: They’re coming at 3! Hurry up! They’re closing the store. Threw vs. Through THREW THROUGH (v.) past tense of throw (preposition) at one end or side; all the way; throughout; from beginning to end Sentence: Sentence: I threw the The pig ball to first base. trudged through the mud. I made it through several practices, but I quit before our first game. To vs. Too vs. Two TO TOO TWO (preposition) toward (preposition) also or very (n.) a number Sentence: Will you go to the mailbox for me? I have to return two books to the library. Sentence: She wasn’t too please with his behavior. Can I come too? Sentence: My nephew has two bikes. I need two different types of notebooks. Weak vs. Week WEAK WEEK (adj.) not strong (n.) a period of seven successive days Sentence: I was weak from dehydration. I was too weak to lift the 50 pound box. Sentence: We are leaving for Disney Land in one week! I have to practice driving, my road test is one week from today! John looked weak compared to Bill. Weather vs. Whether WEATHER WHETHER (n.) climate (conjunction) indicates a choice or expressing an inquiry or investigation Sentence: The weather was beautiful in Florida. Will the weather be nice enough to go to the beach? Sentence: You must decide whether or not you want to go to Grandma’s. I’ll see whether she’s at home. Whose vs. Who’s WHOSE WHO’S (pronoun) belonging to who (contraction ) who is or who has Sentence: Whose sweatshirt was left on the locker room floor? Whose car is that? Sentence: Who’s coming to your birthday party? Who’s usually there on Saturday? Your vs. You’re YOUR YOU’RE (pronoun) belonging to you (contraction) you are Sentence: Your notebook is on the floor. Your sweater looks so warm and comfy. Sentence: What do you mean you’re not going to study? You’re not going to Jay’s party? Why? Wear vs. Where WEAR WHERE (v.) To have on the body (n.) deterioration (adv.) in or at what place Sentence: I don’t want to wear Uggs, it’s too hot! I wear my pink tennis shoes so often that they are beginning to wear out. Sentence: Where are the pencils? Where does Johnny live? What should I wear? We’re vs. Were WE’RE WERE (contraction) we (v.) past tense of are “to be” Sentence: We’re going to the movies at 7. We’re not allowed out this weekend, our grandparents are visiting. Sentence: Were you at the football game last Saturday? Were you able to go to Susie’s party?