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Entrance vs entrance

  • Entrance and entrance are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. These word pairs are often misused words. Heteronyms exist because of our ever-changing English language, and these words with the same spelling and different pronunciation and meaning are a challenge for those who wish to learn to speak English. It can be difficult to learn how to spell different words that look the same but are not pronounced the same, and how to use them in sentences, because they are easily confused. The way the pronunciations and definitions differ can be confusing even to native English speakers when attempting to learn vocabulary correctly. Phonological spelling and spelling rules do not always work, and most people avoid misspelling and misuse by studying vocabulary words from spelling lists, enhancing their literacy skills through spelling practice, and learning words in English by studying a dictionary of the English language. English words are also spelled according to their etymologies rather than their sound. For instance, the word tear meaning a liquid drop that falls from an eye is derived from the Old English word tear, meaning a drop or nectar; tear meaning to pull apart comes from the Old English word tearan, which means to lacerate. Heteronyms are confusing words and are commonly misspelled words because of the confusion that arises from words that are pronounced differently but are spelled the same and come from a different etymology. They are often used in puns and riddles. When reading, it is sometimes difficult to know which word is being used in a sentence and how to pronounce the word phonetically. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check for these commonly confused words but instead, learn to spell. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a heteronym in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Do not confuse heteronyms with homophones, which are two or more words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings like sow and sew; do not confuse them with homonyms, which are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings like spring as in spring forth and spring as in the season of the year. Heteronyms are a type of homograph, which is a word that is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning. We will examine the definitions of the words entrance and entrance, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.


     

    Entrance (IN trunce) is a noun that means a way to come in, an opening like a door or archway through which one may pass to come inside a building, garden or other place. Entrance may also mean the act of coming through an opening; gaining access to a society, club, or government; or it may describe the appearance of an actor on stage. The word entrance is derived from the French word entrer, which means to enter.

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    Entrance (in TRANCE) is a verb that means to delight, to enrapture, to awe, to put someone into a trance. Entrance may be used when someone is put under a magical spell, or it may be used simply to mean that someone is consumed with enjoying or studying something that is interesting. Related words are entrances, entranced, entrancing. The word entrance is derived from the prefix, en-, which means put in, and the word trance.

    Examples

    After graduating from high school, an achievement she could only celebrate with her friends via TikTok, 18-year-old Daariin Ariij Nabiila Mumtaz had to sit the highly competitive annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), wearing a mask and a face shield for protection. (The Jakarta Post)

    Disneyland is putting the finishing touches on new health and safety precautions at the entrances to Downtown Disney as the Anaheim theme park prepares to reopen the outdoor shopping mall later this week. (The Orange County Register)

    Instead of ripping on guitar she creates lush electronic soundscapes; listeners are either puzzled by her sounds or completely entranced. (The Boston Herald)

    Helen Atlas, former publisher and editor of the publication Dance News, was there and recalled that when Mr. Nichols’s two Great Danes bounded in, Mr. Fadeyechev was entranced — he had never seen such large dogs. (The New York Times)


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