Read to be Well-read – Our Write Side

You have to read a lot of books to be considered well-read. Did you have to read that sentence a few times to make sure you read it right?

Heteronyms – Words that are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently (difference emphasis on difference syllables or vowels), and have different meanings, depending on content.

An overlap between homographs (same spelling, different meaning and pronunciation) and homonyms (same spelling and pronunciation, different meaning), heteronym pairs are often different qualifiers, in that one is a noun and the other a verb, or adjective.

In the opening sentence, the first example of “read” is a verb, and “well-read” is an adjective, in the second sentence, the first “read” is a verb/present tense, and the second, “read” is a verb/past tense.

It can be confusing when trying to choose the correct word while writing. Speech is almost automatic, uttered without regard to spelling. Ever write a word, one that is as familiar as your name, and it just doesn’t look right? Ever get “lead” and “led” mixed up? You can thank a heteronym.


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