Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. These sets of words can be extremely confusing for transcriptionists or any other person who must use words as part of their job. Knowing what word to use at the right time will make a world of difference in the accuracy of your writing.
Think of how the word is being used in the sentence. If you are unsure of what the exact meaning of the word is, take the time to look it up in a dictionary. It's better to use the word accurately than assume you have the right one.
Homophones are groups of words that sound alike. Make a detailed list of the most commonly used homophones that you deal with on a regular basis. Connect each word with its definition and make a note of the spelling differentiations in each one. Create flash cards or devise word association games that help you match the word to the spelling and definition.
If you are really serious about learning the differences between the words, create a riddle game where you have to choose the right word out of a set of similar choices. Homonyms have different definitions, even though they may be spelled similarly to one another. Practice makes perfect and you can play the game with your kids, allowing them to get a step up in English class.
Homonyms can ruin your chance of being a successful transcriptionist if you don't learn to use them accurately. This means precise spelling and proper word usage at all times. One mistake can mean a world of difference, especially when it comes to legal documents. If you have doubts, always err on the side of caution. Look up the possibilities before you finalize a document using the wrong word or one that is misspelled.
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