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We’ll vs wheel

  • We’ll and wheel are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. Homophones are a group of words with different spellings, the same pronunciations, and different meanings. Homophones exist because of our ever-changing English language and are a challenge for those who wish to learn to speak English. It can be difficult to learn how to spell different words that sound the same, and homophones are commonly misused words. Said aloud, the difference is less important, because the words are pronounced the same. The way the spelling and definitions differ can be confusing even to native English speakers when attempting to learn vocabulary correctly. Proper pronunciation of spoken English may help the listener distinguish between homophones and understand the correct spelling; the words affect-effect are a good example, but the word pairs to, too and two, bridle and bridal, creek and creak, hoard and horde, toed and towed, or horse and hoarse, are indistinguishable from each other and are easily confused and are commonly misused. Pronunciation is usually more ambiguous, as English pronunciation may vary according to dialect, and English spelling is constantly evolving. Pronunciation may change even though the spelling doesn’t, producing two words that are pronounced in the same manner but have different meanings such as night and knight. Phonological spelling and spelling rules do not always work, and most people avoid misspelling 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 threw is derived from the Old English word thrawan, and the word through came from the Old English word thurh. Homophones are confusing words and are commonly misspelled words because of the confusion that arises from words that are pronounced alike but have very different usage and etymology. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check but instead, learn to spell. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a homophone in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Homophones are often used in wordplay like puns. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words we’ll and wheel, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.



     

    We’ll is a contraction that means we will or we shall. In English, a contraction is an abbreviated word formed by removing a letter or multiple letters from a longer word or phrase. The omitted letters are replaced by an apostrophe.

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    A wheel is a circular object that is usually attached to an axle, which it rotates around to to propel a vehicle or to make a part of a machine move. A wheel is a part of a machine; most particularly, a method of conveyance such as a cart or an automobile. A wheel is used to steer a machine like a car or truck. Wheel may also be used as a verb to mean to move something by manner of rolling it on wheels, or the verb wheel may mean to turn quickly. Related words are wheels, wheeled, wheeling. The word wheel is derived from the Old English word, hwēol.

    Examples

    Blue and White minister: ‘Good chance’ we’ll vote to dissolve Knesset next week (The Times of Israel)

    Next time we’re at a Warriors or Giants game, we’ll be thankful for 2020’s lessons (The San Francisco Chronicle)

    While primarily a front-wheel-drive minivan, Chrysler’s all-wheel-drive Pacifica intelligently sends power to the rear wheels when the wipers are on or when you turn the wheel sharply or when it senses a slippery road. (Newsweek Magazine)

    The Louisiana rapper was wheeled into the Exquis Event Center by friends, sharing video footage of his arrival on Instagram. (New York Post)


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