Confusing Words Clarified: Group H; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "H" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
I don't mispell, as others mite,
But allways right each item rite;
So I emit resounding hoops
At other righter's speling bloops.
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The prince, who had hunted all day and got lost in the forest, suddenly saw the haunted castle in front of him and he later discovered that it was the home of the Sleeping Beauty.
2. To accept; to take: Linda told the waiter, "I'll have the peas instead of the spinach, please."
3. To give birth to; to bear: She told Grace that she was going to have a baby the following month.
2. To go after something and to obtain it: He got a book at the library right after he got his breakfast at the local restaurant.
3. To acquire as a result of some action or effort: He got his information from the internet.
2. In the sense of "must" or "possess", have got is in wide informal use: "I have (or I've) got to leave."
"We have got (or We've got) plenty and intend to keep it."
I have inherited a large fortune which my father got with sound investments in mineral rights in Canada and so I have decided I have got to plan a long trip to see the world.
2. A place of refuge or rest; a sanctuary: Churches have traditionally been considered a haven for the poor.
2. The abode of God, the angels, and the souls of those who are granted salvation: The hymn that Ronda, and others, sang at church described heaven as a place for angels.
3. An eternal state of communion with God; everlasting bliss: William felt that he was in heaven when he listened to the beautiful music.
4. Any of the places in or beyond the sky conceived of as domains of divine beings in various religions: When Lenora and her friends discussed their spiritual beliefs, she was surprised to discover that all of them believed in the existence of heaven.
After the storm at sea, we sailed into the nearby haven which felt like heaven to the people after the terrible ordeal.
The farmer shouted to his summer helpers, "Hey! It's time to bring the hay in before it starts raining."
2. A vague or confused state of mind: Nikki was stumbling around as if she were in a drug-induced haze.
3. Dimness, as of perception or knowledge: Harry was in a haze when it came to understanding the vocabulary terms on the quiz.
The new students at the Agricultural Farm seemed to be in a haze about the different kinds of hays they were trying to learn about.
Marla was told that, as a stallion, he was a great riding horse.
Avoid using the generic he or him when the subject could be either male or female. Use the third-person plural or the phrase he or she (some grammar books say we should not use he/she).
It is also acceptable to write in the third person plural: "Before boarding, passengers should make certain that they have their tickets." It is grammatically unacceptable to write: "Before boarding, each passenger should make certain that they have their tickets."
A singular subject must have an applicable singular verb and a plural subject should use a plural verb.
Lottie's friend said that he would buy the famous race horse because he would surely win the upcoming race.
2. The part of the hand closest to the wrist: She used the heel of her hand to knead the bread dough before setting it to rise.
3. An individual who treats others with contempt: Because he told so many lies, everyone thought of him as a heel.
The cut on Mike's heel can't possibly heal in time for the basketball game; so he'll just have to wait until it gets better.
2. Enjoying a physical and mental well-being that is free from signs of illness: For someone of his age, Bill is very healthy.
Sally feels very healthy and she is convinced that it must be because she follows a healthful routine of exercise, diet, and rest.
2. To receive information from a trial witness: The judge will hear the witness today.
If a person won't listen over there, then he or she will have to hear me here!
The cows were listening to the sounds coming from the direction of the forest and so the herd heard the wolves howling.
James, you have heard about Trina's herd of cattle, haven't you?
2. An opinion or belief that is held contrary to generally accepted standards or practices: In a household of people who love cats, it is almost heresy to admit to being fond of dogs.
Before communication technology improved, there was always the risk that hearsay could be interpreted as heresy and get people into trouble.
2. An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement: Josie's vague answers seemed to be a hedge against her potential support for the campaign.
3. Any technique designed to reduce or to eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change: Josie's broker told her that he uses an investment company that uses high-risk techniques as a hedge; such as, borrowing money and selling short, in an effort to make big capital gains.
2. To minimize loss or risk: Mildred invests her money to hedge against inflation and financial failure.
More information about hedgerows is available here.
The hedgehog was hiding in the hedgerow which was growing like a hedge in Jeremy's front yard. Since he didn't want the hedgehog to be caught, he tried to hedge his description of what he saw hoping that the hunter would believe he really saw a dog.
2. To be at the top of something, tangible or otherwise: The actor was at the height of her stage career when she made her first film.
The heavy machine operators decided to hoist their tools to a great height on the crane to prevent a heist of the equipment over the weekend.
2. For this reason: Eugene was a newcomer and hence had no close friends at the university.
Leonard couldn't raise enough money; hence, he decided to withdraw from the next election.
Curtis had moved to a new home, thence from the valley to the city, and hence he needed to find new local services.
2. Made or done by a certain female: It's her turn to do the dishes.
3. Used to refer to a feminine gender who has been previously mentioned or whose identity is known: The postman left her package with Chris so Francine can pick it up when she comes home.
Since Karin said that she would go over the report again, Sam left it with her.4. Used figuratively to refer to something having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men; such as, a ship, a car, a machine, or a country: Great Britain and her allies will stand up to the terrorist threats.
Stanley gave her the books so she can complete the research for the university course.
It was her intention to complete her degree by studying the history of Italy and her allies during the Renaissance; so, her professor sent her a book to use with her research.