Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same but with very different meanings. The words are usually spelt differently or, if they are spelt the same, come from different roots. For example, the words may be spelt the same, such as rose (as in the flower) and rose (as in the […]


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Anagrams & TEFL

What are Anagrams? Anagrams are simply rearrangements of letters from one word‏‎ or phrase to make another word or phrase. The word itself comes from the Greek, anagrammatismos, ana- (up, again, back, new) + -gram (letter). For example, the following are a few interesting anagrams. dormitory –  dirty room Clint […]


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All About Palindromes in English

A Palindrome is a word or phrase which can be read correctly either right-to-left or left-to-right.   These are palindromes: civic deified dewed kayak level madam minim racecar radar redder refer rotator rotavator rotor sagas solos sexes stats If punctuation is ignored, then these phrases are also palindromes: Do geese […]


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Affixes in English

An affix is a morpheme‏‎ that is attached to a root‏‎ (or stem) of a word‎ to form another word. For example, take the word reason and add two affixes: un + reason + able Prefixes and suffixes are common types of affixes. A prefix is an affix which is […]


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Utterances in English

An Utterance is the spoken equivalent to a sentence‏‎. As a sentence is bounded by a capital letter‎ and a period or full stop (or other punctuation‏‎) so an utterance is often (though not always) bounded by silence or a breath or pause. Having said this, there is no precise […]


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