Those Words Again



Remember our previous post regarding a word used more than once in the same sentence and how it can get you tied up in knots.

These words may be spelled and sound alike but they indicate different meanings depending on the context.

Laid out below are a few more instances of such words the actual meaning of which will be unraveled as we go along.

1. Now that the whole state has turned into a desert, they decided to desert their old place and moved to a new country.
Now that the whole state has turned into a wasteland, they decided to abandon their old place and moved to a new country.

2. While aiming his gun at a dove the hunter dove in the nearest bush to hide from the rest.
While aiming his gun at a pigeon the hunter jumped into the nearest bush to hide from the rest.

3. When the strip of cloth was wound around the boy’s wound, he let out a loud agonizing cry.
When the strip of cloth was wrapped around the boy’s injury, he let out a loud agonizing cry.

4. She deemed it inappropriate to object to the object of the group’s discussion and remained quiet throughout the meeting.
She deemed it inappropriate to oppose to the purpose of the group’s discussion and remained quiet throughout the meeting.

5. I never intend to intimate this information to even my intimate friend.
I never intend to confide this information to even my closest friend.