No Wonder English is So Difficult!

This is a guest post by Cheryl Posey.  She is a licensed and nationally certified speech pathologist that focuses on Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training.  You can find and follow her on her Speaking Your Best

Can you read these sentences right the first time? 



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  1. The bandage was wound around the wound
  2. The farm used to produce produce
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture. 
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out. 
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum 
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. 
  10. I did not object to the object
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row
  13. They were too close to the door to close it. 
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present. 
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. 
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail. 
  18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear
  19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. 
  20. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? 


Question:  What are your favorite or most confusing homonyms?  

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