#GrammarSeries – This is what you should know about commonly confused homonyms

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Hey Sparkle Writers, we hope you are ready to improve your grammar knowledge. Today, we are going to look at homonyms.

Homonyms are words that sound alike and this is the exact reason they cause grammar troubles whenever writers use them incorrectly.

We are going to look at three pairs of words that sound alike but really mean different things. You will learn how to distinguish these homonyms so you can stop losing at their sound-alike games.

Weather: The noun “weather” refers to the atmosphere.

Example: She worried that the weather would not clear up in time for the birthday celebration.

Whether: This is a conjunction referring to a choice between alternatives.

Example: I don’t know whether to travel now or next week.

 

Complement: This means “to go well with.”

Example: I consider tomato sauce the perfect complement to fried chicken.

Compliment: This means an expression of praise, congratulation, encouragement or respect.

Example: I received many compliments on my thesis.

 

Elicit: This means to draw out or obtain information from someone or something.

Example: Elsa was unable to elicit information from Olaf, the snowman.    

Illicit: The adjective “illicit” means unlawful or illegal.

Example: Child trafficking is an illicit venture.

See you next week. Remember to keep your grammar in check! 

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