The following was sent to me, and I found it interesting and entertaining. I'm not publishing all of it, just the twenty examples.
For those of you who wonder why folk from other countries have a bit of trouble with the English language. This is a clever piece put together by an English teacher, who else?
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.
You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT !
1)The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2)The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3)The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4)We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5)He could *lead* if he would get the *lead* out.
6)The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7)Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to *present* the *present*.
8)A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9)When shot at, the *dove dove * into the bushes.
10)I did not *object* to the *object*.
11)The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12)There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13)They were too *close* to the door to *close* it
14)The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15)A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16)To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17)The *wind* was too strong to *wind* the sail.
18)Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19)I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20)How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?