sexta-feira, 22 de maio de 2015

Palavras homófonas em inglês

Hoje vamos estudar umas palavras homófonas, ou seja, palavras que são pronunciadas igual, mas têm significados diferentes e se escrevem de maneira diferente.

Let’s start with some very basic ones: “I” and “eye”.

“I” is the first person singular subject pronoun.

For example,

I live in Barcelona.
(Eu) moro em Barcelona.

We use our eyes to see.

For example,

I like your eye colour.
Gosto da cor dos teus olhos.

Let’s take a look at some more words and try to remember them to avoid confusion.

“ate” is the past simple form of the verb “to eat”.

Here is an example with “ate”:

We ate pizza for dinner last night.
Ontem à noite jantamos pizza.

“ate” is pronounced in the same way as “eight” (8).

Here’s an example with the word “eight”:

I have eight cousins.
Tenho oito primos.

“it’s” is the contraction of “it is” and “it has”.

It’s (=It is) sunny today.
Hoje faz sol.

It’s (=It has) been sunny all week.
Tem feito sol toda a semana.

“its” is a possessive pronoun.

The dog ate its food.
O cachorro comeu sua comida.

“to hear” is a verb which means “to perceive sound by the ear” while “here” is an adverb of place meaning “in or towards this place”.

Look at an example of each word:

I cannot hear you. Please speak louder.
Não te oiço. Fala mais alto, por favor.

Come here please!
Venha aqui, por favor!