What are some common homographs?


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Some common homographs include "bass," which could be the musical range or the fish, and "down," which could refer to soft feathers or a lowered position. Some other homographs are "desert," "entrance," "produce," "minute" and "wind."

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Homographs are separate words with separate meanings that happen to be written the same way. Some homographs have only one pronunciation, as in "evening" which could refer to the late afternoon or making an object more even. However, a majority of homographs in Standard American English are pronounced slightly differently. For example, the word "object" with emphasis on the first syllable refers to a noun that receives an action, while the word "object" with emphasis on the second syllable refers to the act of being opposed to something.

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