Did you know that there are special words called “homophones”? It has nothing to do with phones, if that’s what you thought. Homophones (омонимы) are words which have absolutely the same pronunciation but different meanings. For example, if you write that you’re so board, people will misunderstand you, because you’re not a board made of wood from a tree, you’re bored, you’re not interested.
Can you find another example in the picture? I’ll give you a hint – it also has something to do with trees…
There are also words which have almost the same pronunciation, but still sound a bit different. For example, if you say “I want buy this” – it’s incorrect, because you meant “I won’t buy this”. One sound can make a great difference.
So as not to make fools of ourselves and do everything right, let’s find out a little more about…
Know – No and Knew – New
Know and no are homophones: [nəʋ]
Knew and new are homophones as well: [nu:]
Know is a verb. Know –knew – known. It is an irregular verb.
Know – знать. Knew – знал. We use “knew” in Past Simple sentences.
No – нет
New – новый
- Did you know this information?
- Yes, I knew this information.
- No, I didn’t. This information was new for me.
Do you know any other interesting facts?
Often in shops you can see this sign: “New collection”. Here is Chanel’s new collection:
Which outfit do you like the most?
Here are some phrases with “new”:
- As good as new – почти как новый. This car is as good as new, I only bought it last month.
- What’s new? – что нового?
- You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – старую собаку новым фокусам не научишь (русский эквивалент: Горбатого могила исправит)
- See something in a new light – увидеть что-то в новом свете
- Brand new/spanking new (informal) – совсем новый. My computer is brand new!
- To take a new turn – принять новый оборот. The situation took a new turn when the body of the lost man was found in the river.
Here are some phrases with “know”:
- You know. – ну, вы знаете (о чем я) Well, you know, that building is very old.
- A know-it-all – всезнайка. She is such a know-it-all, she knows all the right answers!
- Let someone know – дать кому-то знать. Let me know if you can come to the party.
- Be dying to know – очень хотеть что-то узнать. I’m dying to know what happened!
- Know by heart – знать наизусть. I don’t need to learn it. I know it by heart!
- Know like the back of one’s hand/know something inside out – очень хорошо знать. I know this city like the back of my hand.
Some phrases with ‘no’:
- There’s no place like home – в гостях хорошо, а дома лучше. After traveling around the world Katherine understood that there’s no place like home.
- There’s no time like the present – сейчас самое подходящее время (не упусти момент). I want to start doing my homework – there’s no time like the present!
- No way – невозможно! (никак!) – Will you do this for me? – No way! I’m so busy.
- Have no idea – не иметь ни малейшего понятия. What’s the date today? – I have no idea.
- No big deal – пустяк, не проблема. Oh, I’m so sorry! I stepped on your foot! – Oh, it’s no big deal.
- No can do – никак не получится, никак нельзя. Sorry, we can’t sell you a car for 1000 dollars. No can do.
- No comment – без комментариев. The reporter didn’t get any information, so he wrote: “no comment”.
- Be up to no good – замыслил что-то нехорошее. I don’t like the look on John’s face. He’s up to no good.
Good luck =)
Now you won’t confuse no and know, new and knew, will you?