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Identify Homonyms as Verbs or Nouns

In this worksheet, students will find the word that matches both of its single word definitions, the word will be a homonym. This will build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Identify Homonyms as Verbs or Nouns' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

What do you notice about the word bat in the two sentences below?

 

The bat flew through the window.

He hit the ball with a bat.

 

That’s right! The word bat means something completely different in each sentence!

 

Some words are spelled the same, but have more than one meaning. We call these homonyms.

 

For example: bat could refer to the flying animal or the item used to hit a ball.

 

       

 

Below are two groups of words which may appear to be unrelated. It's your job to find one word which fits equally well with both groups (so it needs to be a homonym)

 

(Sport, Event) (Fire, Light) 

 

Which word from the list below fits with both groups?

a) candle

b) team

c) play

d) match

The answer is match because it fits with both of the word groups and their associated meanings!

 

 
 

Let’s try another: 

(Leap) (Metal coil) 

 

Which word fits with both these groups of words? 

a) Jump

b) Spring

c) Pounce

d) Screw

The answer is spring as it is a synonym of leap and is also the name for a metal coil.

 

 

 


In this activity, you will need to be a homonym hunter and match words to their meanings.

 

Pssst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: the word you choose has to match all of the definitions provided.

 

 

Hello and welcome, word detective!

 

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'present' is used as a verb.

 

Blue present wrapped up

I was surrounded by presents

I am going to present you with a gift

My biggest present was my favourite

I needed to go to buy my friend a present

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'company' mean?

 

My aunt and uncle are always good company.

 

Family sitting on bench

The aunt and uncle are wealthy

The aunt and uncle are best avoided

The aunt and uncle have a successful business

The aunt and uncle are fun to be around

How are you getting on with these questions, word detective?

 

Select the two definitions of the word 'date' from the options below.

 

Calendar showing January

The aunt and uncle are wealthy

The aunt and uncle are best avoided

The aunt and uncle have a successful business

The aunt and uncle are fun to be around

Type the word below which fits with both of these definitions.

 

An injury, most likely a cut.

The past tense of wind.

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Length, Measure)

(Garden, Land)

Field

Yard

Metre

Ruler

You're doing really well - keep going!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Woman smiling looking away from computer screen

 

(Use the word type in brackets to guide you.)

Column A

Column B

Shower (noun)
To watch or test
Shower (verb)
An individual with responsibility
Monitor (object)
A screen
Monitor (person)
A place for washing
Monitor (verb)
Sprinkle

Phew - you've reached the last question, homonym hunter!

 

Select the two definitions of the word 'dear' from the options below.

Column A

Column B

Shower (noun)
To watch or test
Shower (verb)
An individual with responsibility
Monitor (object)
A screen
Monitor (person)
A place for washing
Monitor (verb)
Sprinkle

Halfway through already! Fantastic focus.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

(Money, Supply)

(Slope, Mound) 

 

Bank

Wallet

Slope

Charge

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'spell' is used as a noun.

 

Alphabet letters

It's important to learn to spell correctly

Can you teach me to spell my name?

"Spell that out loud please," said the teacher

We are enjoying a really warm spell at the moment

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Moment, Minute)

(Two, After)

First

Second

Third

Hour

  • Question 1

Hello and welcome, word detective!

 

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'present' is used as a verb.

 

Blue present wrapped up

CORRECT ANSWER
I am going to present you with a gift
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that in most of these sentences, the word 'present' is a noun? We need to identify the sentence where it's an action like in the second one, 'present' means to give. It's quite a formal way of saying that you are giving someone something! The most common use of 'present' as a verb would be if someone was being given something at a formal occasion, such as in '...the athlete was presented with his gold medal'.
  • Question 2

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'company' mean?

 

My aunt and uncle are always good company.

 

Family sitting on bench

CORRECT ANSWER
The aunt and uncle are fun to be around
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know the two meanings of 'company'? One is a business, while the other means friendship or companionship. The second of these makes more sense here, as it suggests that the aunt and uncle are fun to be with.
  • Question 3

How are you getting on with these questions, word detective?

 

Select the two definitions of the word 'date' from the options below.

 

Calendar showing January

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
What's the date today? It will only be this date once and it refers to this specific day only. Watch out for diary and calendar - these tell you the date, but we wouldn't call these objects dates themselves. I wonder if you've ever eaten a date. If you have, you'll know it looks a little like a big raisin!
  • Question 4

Type the word below which fits with both of these definitions.

 

An injury, most likely a cut.

The past tense of wind.

CORRECT ANSWER
Wound
EDDIE SAYS
This is quite a tricky one, so I'm impressed if you got this right, word detective! There is a slightly different pronunciation to these spellings. Read them out loud with an adult so that you can notice the difference. This helps us to understand them when spoken, but when written down you need to use the context to work out if it's the verb or noun.
  • Question 5

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Length, Measure)

(Garden, Land)

CORRECT ANSWER
Yard
EDDIE SAYS
A yard was replaced by 'metre' as a unit of measure, but you still hear it used. Your parents or grandparents might still use it rather than metres! However, this doesn't make 'metre' the answer, as we have to match it to our second set of brackets too. You are most likely to use this as part of the word backyard, or if you live on a farm or ride horses, you might refer to the area where the stables or barns are, as the yard.
  • Question 6

You're doing really well - keep going!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Woman smiling looking away from computer screen

 

(Use the word type in brackets to guide you.)

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Shower (noun)
A place for washing
Shower (verb)
Sprinkle
Monitor (object)
A screen
Monitor (person)
An individual with responsibility
Monitor (verb)
To watch or test
EDDIE SAYS
Wow, these were tricky ones weren't they? Well done for thinking carefully about your word types here. Did you spot that the words with articles (a or an before them) were the nouns, while the others were verbs? Are you a monitor for anything at school? This is a noun, just like the definition that refers to a screen. This means it's one of those words that you have to rely on the context to know which is being used. The word 'monitor' is used as a verb when we talk about keeping a close eye on something - for instance, a doctor in a hospital might monitor someone's blood pressure every hour or so if they are unwell.
  • Question 7

Phew - you've reached the last question, homonym hunter!

 

Select the two definitions of the word 'dear' from the options below.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful! We are not talking about a deer here, which is the animal. What people or possessions are dear to you? These are important and precious things to you. The other definition means something which costs a lot of money and is the opposite of the word cheap. Terrific work, word detective! This activity wasn't easy, but you should now be able to identify homonyms as either verbs or nouns. Why not attempt another more challenging activity so you feel super confident?
  • Question 8

Halfway through already! Fantastic focus.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

(Money, Supply)

(Slope, Mound) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bank
EDDIE SAYS
You are probably most familiar with a bank being a place where the money is kept safe. It can also mean a supply - have you ever heard of people donating to a blood bank? You also get food banks - can you think of any others? Our second set of brackets refers to a grassy mound such as a river bank.
  • Question 9

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'spell' is used as a noun.

 

Alphabet letters

CORRECT ANSWER
We are enjoying a really warm spell at the moment
EDDIE SAYS
We have a good clue in the first and second options that we have verbs because the word 'to' comes before 'spell', which helps us see that it's an action. In option 3, it's actually used as a bossy verb, or an imperative. This leaves us with the final option, where spell refers to a period of time. Do you know any other examples where it's used as a noun like this? Sometimes, when a football team keeps winning, you say that they're going through a good spell.
  • Question 10

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Moment, Minute)

(Two, After)

CORRECT ANSWER
Second
EDDIE SAYS
A second is a unit of time. Do you know how many seconds make up a minute? It's also used to place people in a task, line or competition. For example, if you came second in a race or if you were the second person in the line. That simply means you are between the first and third!
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