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Produce vs produce

  • The words produce and produce are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. 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 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. 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. We will examine the definitions of the words produce and produce, where these words came from, and some examples of their use in sentences.


     

    Produce (proh-DOOS) means to manufacture something, to create something, to supply something, or to cause something to happen. Produce is a verb, related words are produces, produced, producing, production, product. The word produce is derived from the Latin word producere, which means to promote or to bring forth.

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    Produce (PROH-doos or PRAH-doos) is a noun that usually means harvested fruits and vegetables, though it may be used in a broader context to mean something that has been created or a product. The word produce to mean fruits and vegetables came into use in the 1740s and is derived from the verb produce.

    Examples

    Keogh said VW will invest close $37 billion in e-mobility by 2024 and produce nearly 1 million electric cars by 2025, with a goal of delivering 22 billion electric vehicles by 2030. (LA Magazine)

    But in the past few weeks the ABC parties have thoroughly frightened themselves with a new Project Fear: They have convinced themselves that Boris might produce a rabbit from a hat that would finally get Brexit done — or, rather, two rabbits from a hat. (The National Review)

    Walmart has begun rolling out a redesign of its produce department that the retail giant says provides a “refreshed” shopping experience. (Supermarket News)

    “It’s also a place where residents want access to fresh, affordable produce and they’re concerned about the environment.” (The Seattle Times)


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