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Identify Homonyms as Adjectives or Verbs

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

'Identify Homonyms as Adjectives or Verbs' 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 sink in the two sentences below?

 

Max brushed his teeth over the sink.

He saw the boat sink into the ocean.

 

You’ve got it! The word sink 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: sink could mean to fall or, a basin used for washing dishes in a kitchen.

 

        

 

 

We need to find a word that fits with the words in the left and right sets of brackets. This word will be a homonym.

 

(Host, Lead)   (Seat, Settle)

 

Our choices are: 

a) Pass

b) chair

c) Sofa

d) Sit

e) Reside

 

The answer is chair because it fits with both the word groups and their associated meanings. Chair can mean host or leader, as well as a seat that we sit on.

 

Let’s attempt another to check you understand how to approach these questions.

Which word matches both sets of meanings in the brackets?

 

(Leave,  Abandon)    (Wilderness, Wasteland) 

 

Our choices are: 

a) Desert

b) Beach

c) Depart

d) Flower

e) Forest

 

The correct answer is desert as it means to leave and can also be a dry wasteland.

 

        

 

 

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.

 

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'patient' is used as an adjective.

 

 

 

 

     

The patient had been waiting a long time

They were having to be very patient

The doctor was worried that the patient was late

Any patient who has not seen the doctor yet should sit down

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

 

(Ribbon, Loop)

(Bend, Respect) 

 

     

Flexible

String

Lower

Knot

Bow

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

 

There was a light dusting of snow on the doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

Someone is brushing the snow away

There is a thin sprinkling of snow

The snow is thick and heavy

Someone has the job of clearing snow carefully

How's it going, homonym hunter? Are you getting your head around these question styles yet?

 

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

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

Someone is brushing the snow away

There is a thin sprinkling of snow

The snow is thick and heavy

Someone has the job of clearing snow carefully

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

 

(Fine, Cost)

(Approach, Rush)

 

 

     

Run

Hurry

Money

Charge

Price

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

 

 

     

The battery on my new phone will last so much longer.

I came last in every race.

What was the last question?

It is the last episode of my favourite show tonight.

Welcome, word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to help you! 

 

Column A

Column B

Suit (noun)
Outer layer
Suit (verb)
Clothing
Skin (noun)
Peel
Skin (verb)
Fits in

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

 

(Unlock, Metal)

(Important, Vital) 

 

     

Key

Padlock

Crucial

Essential

Note

This is your final question, detective.

Look out for the image below, it's a clue in your investigation.

 

'Game' is a word used to describe a match or competition.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'game' from the options below. 

 

 

 

Wild animals in captivity

Animals kept in your home

Animals that are unhealthy

Animals that are hunted

Animals that are endangered

You're doing so well, detective - keep going!

 

Select the two definitions of the word staple from the options below. 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfasten

Fastener

Glue

Substandard

Unusual

Important

  • Question 1

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'patient' is used as an adjective.

 

 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
They were having to be very patient
EDDIE SAYS
In most of these sentences can you see that 'patient' is being used as a noun for somebody who's gone to see the doctor. When you are in the waiting room, you often have to be a very patient person, and this is how it's used as an adjective! Hopefully, you can now recognise that in Option 2!
  • Question 2

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

 

(Ribbon, Loop)

(Bend, Respect) 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Bow
EDDIE SAYS
A 'bow' could refer to a ribbon that you might wear in your hair. The verb is pronounced slightly differently - it rhymes with cow! Check with an adult how to say them both if you're unsure. The picture above shows two men bowing to one another.
  • Question 3

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

 

There was a light dusting of snow on the doorstep.

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
There is a thin sprinkling of snow
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever done the dusting at home? It's a chore that has to be done sometimes! Here though, nobody is doing the cleaning. It means a thin layer, or a sprinkling, of snow.
  • Question 4

How's it going, homonym hunter? Are you getting your head around these question styles yet?

 

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

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You might recognise the verb 'peer' as meaning to look at something - the picture gave you a clue. As a noun though, it 'peer' refers to people your own age. Look out for it being used in the phrase 'peer group', for example. Your peers are people in your class at school who are a similar age to you, so often have things in common with you.
  • Question 5

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

 

(Fine, Cost)

(Approach, Rush)

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Charge
EDDIE SAYS
People are usually not happy if they are charged - it means they have to pay money for something. It can also be a noun if you receive a parking charge for example and can mean the same thing as 'fine'. Animals might charge, or a knight in a story might charge at the enemy on his horse. This goes with the words in our second set of brackets.
  • Question 6

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

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
The battery on my new phone will last so much longer.
EDDIE SAYS
Last is often used as an adjective to show who or what comes after everything else. It is also used as a noun in the 4th option, to show that it is the final episode. But it's the verb that we need, isn't it? When you are using 'last' to show the length of doing something, it's a verb.
  • Question 7

Welcome, word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to help you! 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Suit (noun)
Clothing
Suit (verb)
Fits in
Skin (noun)
Outer layer
Skin (verb)
Peel
EDDIE SAYS
The woman in the picture is wearing a suit. Often people with important jobs wear them. There are other types of suit too though, for example, a spacesuit! What other examples can you think of? When used as a verb, it can mean to have something that fits in with your schedule, for example in the sentence, "Does that time suit you?" The word skin was probably a bit easier. We are familiar with the skin on our bodies but it can also be used to mean a covering for other things too such as the covering on a banana! The verb 'to skin' refers to the action of removing that skin - in other words, to peel it.
  • Question 8

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

 

(Unlock, Metal)

(Important, Vital) 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Key
EDDIE SAYS
You probably own a key to your house or might have a secret diary or private box that you lock and unlock with a key. Key can also function as an adjective meaning important. For example, the police might find a key piece of evidence when solving a mystery!
  • Question 9

This is your final question, detective.

Look out for the image below, it's a clue in your investigation.

 

'Game' is a word used to describe a match or competition.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'game' from the options below. 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Animals that are hunted
EDDIE SAYS
'Game' is another word for hunted animals. Can you find some examples of animals that are game? They are often birds, for example, a pheasant. The animals that are kept on farms for food are not considered game because they are not hunted and animals that are kept in our homes are our much loved pets. Great focus! That's another activity ticked off.
  • Question 10

You're doing so well, detective - keep going!

 

Select the two definitions of the word staple from the options below. 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fastener
Important
EDDIE SAYS
Do you own a stapler? It's a piece of stationery that you use to attach pieces of paper together and the small metal fasteners it contains are called staples. The less known definition is 'important'. For example, you could say that fruit and vegetables are a staple part of a healthy diet. Look up more examples of this word if you've not come across it before.
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