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Homonyms from Chased to Chute
It pays for writers to know their homonyms and the proper use of each one. It is a shame that so many people, including many writers, have homonym issues. I have seen mixed up homonyms in books, in articles, and even in newspaper stories.
chased and chaste
When you chase someone or something, you run after it. Chased is the past tense of chase.
Jilly chased the rolling ball down the hill.
Chaste means pure and virginal.
Stephen thought that all hope of meeting a chaste woman had vanished, then he was introduced to Mina.
check and Czech
One can write a check for services rendered. When you check into something, you make inquiries about it.
In the past, Jasmine had such bad luck in relationships that she hired a detective to check out her date.
A Czech is a person from the country of Czechoslovakia.
The Czech had no problem obtaining a passport to visit Canada.
chews and choose
When one chews food, one grinds it up with his teeth. When one thinks long and hard about an issue, one chews it over in one's mind.
Dorothea is so scared of choking when eating, she chews each bite of food for at least 5 minutes.
When you choose something, you pick it out from a number of different possibilities.
Anthony had so many books that sounded good to choose from, he had trouble deciding which one to buy.
Chile, chili, and chilly
Chile is a country in South America.
Robert and Samantha bought plane tickets for their trip to Chile.
Chili is a spicy stew made with chili peppers, garlic, cumin, garlic, onions, and ground beef.
Chili is one of our favorite meals during the fall and winter.
When the weather is chilly, it is cold enough to be just a bit unpleasant.
Because of the chilly weather, Katrina wore a jacket to the fall festival.
choir and quire
A choir is a group of singers.
During her freshman year in high school, Melissa joined the choir.
Quire, an obsolete spelling of choir, is a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper.
It was necessary for Antonion to fill the quire with what he had learned in his history class.
choler and collar
Choler is anger, wrath, or irritability.
Deborah, afraid of the choler that her abusive husband continued to show, packed her bags and left.
A collar is anything worn or placed around the neck.
Precious is trained to bring me her collar when she wants to go for a walk.
choral and coral
If something is choral, it has to do with a choir.
The choral music found in a box in the attic was hundreds of years old and worth a fortune.
Coral is a marine polyp skeleton.
Coral reefs provide homes for many different marine species.
chorale and corral
A chorale is a group of singers that specialize in singing church music.
The chorale was invited to perform at churches all over the world.
A corral is an enclosure for cows, horses, goats, etc.
Jenny really enjoyed helping to herd the goats into the corral when it was time to trim their hooves.
chord, cored, and cord
In music, a chord is three or more tones sounded at the same time.
Andrea was having trouble learning the keys to play for the G chord.
The core is the innermost, central part of something, so if an apple is cored, the center part of it is removed.
The cored apples were being used to make jam.
A cord is a thin rope.
Jack tied the sticks together with a cord.
chute and shoot
A chute is an inclined channel to convey products to a lower level.
The coal chute needed to be repaired.
When you shoot someone, you injure them with a bullet discharged from a gun.
Jeremy had been trained to shoot any intruders immediately.
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