English words whose meaning is changed
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50 Shades of English: Sourcebook for the ESL Student|
By Gabriel F. Gargiulo
If this isn't enough, there are words whose different meanings are distinguished by a change in sound of one of the letters. (Voicing). copyright 2014 Second Language, LLC. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited
Abuse, with the S sounding like S in See, is a noun.
Close, with the S sounding like S in See, is an adjective.
Excuse, with the S sounding like S in See, is a noun.
House, with the S sounding like S in See, is a noun.
Use, with the S sounding like S in See, is a noun.
I used to smoke, with the S in used sounding like S in See, means "I smoked in the past. I don't now".
It gets worse. There are words which have different meanings shown by different pronunciations.
Advocate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Appropriate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Approximate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Articulate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Associate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Bass, with the a of cat, is a type of fish
Bow, with the o of bone, is used with a violin, also for shooting arrows
Deliberate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Does, rhymes with fuzz, is a verb
Dove, with the o of bone, is a verb, the past tense of dive
Duplicate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Elaborate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Estimate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Graduate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Live, with the i of hit, is a verb
Moderate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Polish, written with a capital P and the O sounding like O in bOne, is an adjective of nationality.
Separate, rhyming with rate, is a verb
Tear, rhymes with where, is a verb
Wind, with the i of five, is a verb
Wound, with au of found, (ah-oo) is a verb