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Discover the Homonyms that Fit in Two Sentences

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.

'Discover the Homonyms that Fit in Two Sentences' 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 rash in the two sentences below?

 

The rash on her arm was really itchy.

There was no doubt she had made a foolish and rash decision.

 

You’ve got it. The word rash 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: rash could mean marks and spots on your skin or, it could mean a thoughtless decision or action.

 

Woman itching her red and sore arm  

 

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.

(Gift, Treat) (Now, Current)

 

Our choices are: 

a) Soon

b) Today

c) Ready

d) Instant

e) Present

 

The answer is present because it fits with both the word groups and their associated meanings. Present can mean a gift, as well as referring to the current time.


        

 

Let’s attempt another question:

Which word matches both sets of meanings in the brackets?

 

(Moult, Cast off) (Outbuilding, Hut) 

 

Our choices are: 

a) Remove

b) Shed

c) Stable

d) Barn

e) Drop

 

The correct answer is shed as this means to lose hair or skin and, can also be a small structure in the garden.

 

        

 

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.

 

Are you ready for an exciting activity, word detective?

 

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

 

(Search, Observe) (Examination, Image)

 

Test

Picture

Scan

Glance

Skim

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

 

(Discover, Locate) (Begin, Establish)

Found

Launch

Originate

Initiate

Build

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

 

(Disgusting, Distasteful) (Total, Whole) 

 

A pile of rubbish bags with flies around them

Repulsive

Vulgar

Obnoxious

Gross

Entire

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'general' is not used as an adjective.

 

We have a general idea of where we have to go

The brave general led his troops

How is your general knowledge?

My school report gave general information about each topic

Generally, we get up a bit later at the weekend

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

 

(Squash, Flavouring) (Welcoming, Pleasant) 

 

Warm

Heartfelt

Friendly

Juice

Cordial

How are you getting on with this activity so far, word detective?

 

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

 

(Observe, Watch) (Study, Questionnaire) 

 

Review

Examine

Survey

Inspect

Tally

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

 

(Unlikely, Improbable) (Distant, Isolated) 

 

Doubtful

Minimal

Secluded

Remote

Lonely

'Terrific' has two meanings.

 

1. Something is brilliant

2. Describing a great amount

 

Select the correct meaning of 'terrific' in each sentence below, typing either the word 'Brilliant' or the phrase 'Great Amount'.

Doubtful

Minimal

Secluded

Remote

Lonely

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

 

(Climb, Mount) (Size, Proportion) 

 

Scale

Hire

Ascend

Clamber

Skin

You're on to the final question, homonym hunter!

 

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

 

Tall trees loom over the man in the forest.

A loom is used for sewing and weaving.

Things that you dread seem to loom ahead of you.

The monster seemed to just loom out of the darkness.

The sky scraper will loom over the rest of the city when it's built.

  • Question 1

Are you ready for an exciting activity, word detective?

 

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

 

(Search, Observe) (Examination, Image)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Scan
EDDIE SAYS
Saying that you are scanning for something means that you're searching for it. For example, you might scan a text to locate a particular word, rather than reading the entire thing! The other type of scan is most commonly used by doctors. In a way, a scan is a little like an X-Ray as it is a way of looking through a person's skin at their organs inside. If you know anyone that has ever had a baby, you might have seen the scan photo, which shows the baby growing.
  • Question 2

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

 

(Discover, Locate) (Begin, Establish)

CORRECT ANSWER
Found
EDDIE SAYS
Found is most commonly used as the past tense of find. However, it has a second meaning which is to set something up. For example, some schools still know who founded or started them and celebrate this person. These figures are the school's founders. Do you know anyone that has founded anything?
  • Question 3

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

 

(Disgusting, Distasteful) (Total, Whole) 

 

A pile of rubbish bags with flies around them

CORRECT ANSWER
Gross
EDDIE SAYS
Can you think of anything you've ever described as gross? It's sure to be something disgusting! The less common definition of 'gross' means the total. Companies often talk about the gross amount of money they've made, which is the total. Huge well done if you knew this already. If not, perhaps look this definition up as it's not very commonly used at home.
  • Question 4

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'general' is not used as an adjective.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The brave general led his troops
EDDIE SAYS
General is a very commonly used word. We use it as an adjective to describe something that is common, unspecific or usual. It's the second sentence where this doesn't quite make sense. A general in this context is an important leader or member of the army.
  • Question 5

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

 

(Squash, Flavouring) (Welcoming, Pleasant) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Cordial
EDDIE SAYS
This is quite a tricky one. I wonder if you've ever drunk cordial? It's a concentrate that you put into a drink to give more flavour, very like squash. The adjective is used to describe a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Look out for this adjective when you're reading.
  • Question 6

How are you getting on with this activity so far, word detective?

 

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

 

(Observe, Watch) (Study, Questionnaire) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Survey
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever participated in a survey, or perhaps written one yourself? It's a set of questions that you ask to find out people's opinions about something. Survey also has a different definition, which means to watch something. It's used when something is being looked at in detail or very carefully.
  • Question 7

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

 

(Unlikely, Improbable) (Distant, Isolated) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Remote
EDDIE SAYS
If a place is remote, it's far away or cut off from busy places. If you can imagine a farm quite far away from any villages and just surrounded by fields, that would be a remote place. Our other definition here is another adjective, but it means something is not likely to happen but is not completely impossible. For example, there might be a remote chance of your favourite football team winning a trophy if they are not a particularly strong team.
  • Question 8

'Terrific' has two meanings.

 

1. Something is brilliant

2. Describing a great amount

 

Select the correct meaning of 'terrific' in each sentence below, typing either the word 'Brilliant' or the phrase 'Great Amount'.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Had you ever noticed the difference in meaning before? Look out for the word terrific when you're reading, or in everyday life, and see if you can work out which definition is needed depending on the context!
  • Question 9

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

 

(Climb, Mount) (Size, Proportion) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Scale
EDDIE SAYS
When we talk about something being on a large or small scale, we are talking about its size. We also scale things up or down, which means to make them larger or smaller. There are actually quite a few meanings of scale, including the scales on fish or the scales we use for weighing items. Here though, we also have a verb meaning. Have you ever heard of someone scaling a mountain? This usage fits within the context of someone climbing up, over or around something.
  • Question 10

You're on to the final question, homonym hunter!

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A loom is used for sewing and weaving.
EDDIE SAYS
I think we use the verb form of loom a lot more than the noun; do you agree? It means something is towering above you or, lies ahead of you in a slightly threatening way. The noun here is a mechanism used for sewing. I wonder if you've ever seen one? A loom is used for making fabric. Why not look up a picture? You will have time to as you've just finished this activity word detective! You have just consolidated your knowledge of homonyms that fit in two sentences. Fantastic work!
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