Motif a shape or pattern, especially one that is repeated in a design or decoration *traditional motifs *a flower motif Motive a reason for doing something *The motive for the murder is still unknown.
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Vain vs Vein
Homophones Vain/veɪn/(adjective) too proud of yourself *He is vain about his good looks. unsuccessful or useless *It was a vain attempt to forget her. Vein/veɪn/(noun) A tube in a body that carries blood to the heart. *She is in my veins.
Desert vs Dessert
Homonym and Homophones Desert /ˈdezə(r)t/ (noun) a large area of land covered with sand or rocks, with little water and few plants *The Sahara Desert Desert /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/ (verb) to leave the army without permission with no intention of returning *He deserted the army without thinking of the consequences. to leave someone without help or inContinue reading “Desert vs Dessert”
Naval vs Navel
Homophones naval /ˈneɪv(ə)l/ – belonging/relating to a country’s navy *a naval battle/officer or naval forces navel /ˈneɪv(ə)l/ – a small round part in the middle of the stomach where we were separated from our mothers at birth
Own vs Owe
own – to possess something that legally belongs to you *She owns three houses. owe – to have to pay or give something to someone because you borrowed money from them or they have done something for you *She still owes some money on her house.
Rise vs Raise
rise (rose/risen) – to move upwards or to a higher position *The balloons rose into the air. raise (raised/raised) – to put something in a higher position *If you want to ask a question, please raise your hands!