Homophones Quiz

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  1. The correct answer is (A). Alter means to change. Altar means a platform or slab for worship.

  3. The correct answer is (B). Discreet means cautious, careful, circumspect; intentionally unobtrusive or inconspicuous. Discrete means individually separate or distinct.

  5. The correct answer is (B). Council means a committee or a body of people elected to manage affairs. Counsel as a noun means advice and as a verb means to give advice.

  7. The correct answer is (A). Horde means a group of people. Hoard as a noun means a carefully guarded, often secret, collection or stash of valued objects and as a verb means to amass valued objects and hide or store away.

  9. The correct answer is (B). Feint as a verb means to make a deceptive or distracting movement and as noun means a deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement. Faint as a verb means to lose consciousness for a short period of time, as a noun means a sudden loss of consciousness, and as an adjective means weak and dizzy or barely perceptible.

  11. The correct answer is (A). Faze means to disturb or disconcert. Phase as a verb means to carry out in gradual stages and as a noun means a distinct period or stage in a process of change or forming part of something’s development.

  13. The correct answer is (A). Peek means to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location. Peak as a verb means to attain the highest point of activity, development, or popularity and as a noun means the pointed top of something or the highest or most important point or level.

  15. The correct answer is (A). Pique means to excite interest or curiosity.

  17. The correct answer is (B). Pore means to meditate deeply. This usage rarely appears outside of the phrase “pore over.” Pour means to flow rapidly or prepare and serve a drink.

  19. The correct answer is (A). An aisle is a passage between rows or shelves. An isle is an island or peninsula, especially a small one.

  21. The correct answer is (B). Lightning is the electrical discharge within a cloud or from a cloud to the ground seen as a bright flash of light. Lightening means to make light or lighter or to illuminate or make clear.

  23. The correct answer is (B). Ensure means to make certain something will occur. Insure means 1) to secure or protect someone against a possible contingency or 2) to arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss of property or injury to or the death of someone in exchange for regular advance payments to a company or government agency.

  25. The correct answer is (A). Bear as a verb means to carry or support. Bare as a verb means to uncover and as an adjective means 1) not clothed or uncovered and 2) basic or simple.

  27. The correct answer is (B). Complement as a noun means 1) something that completes or brings to perfection and 2) a number or quantity of something required to make a group complete. Complement as a verb means add to (something) in a way that enhances or improves it. Compliment as a noun is a polite expression of praise or admiration and as a verb means to politely congratulate or praise someone for something.

  29. The correct answer is (A). Defuse means 1) to reduce the danger or tension in a difficult situation and 2) to remove the fuse from an explosive device in order to prevent it from exploding. Diffuse means to spread or cause to spread over a wide area or among a large number of people.


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I disagree with your answer to 15. My thought on it is that either word will work depending on the meaning you want to portray. When I read it, I thought about the brothers being separated by Marcus and the situation dissolved; therefore, the second would be correct. In the way you defined it to be used and intended it, the first would be correct.

Great quiz 🙂 I would hate to have to learn English as a second language!

Excellent post! I’m an English teacher so this appealed to me very nicely. Thank you

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I got them all correct. I sometimes make my errors when writing quickly. My most commonly confused homophone when writing is there/their. Judging from what I’ve seen in blog comments, I’m not the only one who makes this error when spewing off my thoughts.

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This is fun. Nothing drives me crazier than people who don’t use a word in correct terms! Drives me up the wall.

I’m glad you enjoyed the quiz, JustOneMommysOpinion. 🙂

This was great. Nothing gets to me more than someone who uses a word which is not the word they intended (by meaning). Maybe I should have gone to school to be an English teacher!

Thank you for visiting, Renee. Maybe you should have gone to school to be an English teacher? What did you go to school for?

I’m actually working on my PhD in psychology.

PhD in psychology? That’s awesome. Do you have a specialization? Where I live, it is hard to find child psychologists.

Not yet! It will be instruction and cognition though and I desperately hope to work with children. I should be done in a few months. Working on my dissertation now!

Love this in a geeky grammar sort of way. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Thank you for visiting, Jill. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂

This post is interesting and funny. And I think it could be used in some English classes.

Thank you for visiting, Chi. I’ve heard this post has been used in some homeschool classes.

This is a cool quiz. I made my son take it and he got them all correct.

You made your son take the quiz, Vanessa? LOL That’s great he scored 100% on the quiz. Tell him great job!