If you think English is an easy language and you believe that you know it well, try to read these 20 sentences without making a mistake.

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was cultivated to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that the workers had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture shown at the store.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his tasty dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present to his girlfriend.
  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 which he showed me.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid in his hospital bed
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about who would 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 the painting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail around the mast.
  18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting she 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?

Homonyms or homographs are words of like spelling, but with a different meaning and sound. When pronounced differently, they are known as heteronyms.


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