Heteronyms, the words that new learners of English find hard to understand

Heteronyms are types of homographs with different pronunciations, same spelling but different meanings. Most heteronyms can either be a noun or verb.

Also you can define it as a word with the same spelling as another or others, but with different meaning and pronunciation eg tear , a drop of water from the eye, and tear , to rip something.

See examples here;

  1. Present -She got a nice present.(noun). I will present my research tomorrow.(verb)
  2. Subject -What is the subject. (noun). He was subjected to pain.(verb)
  3. Export -Our country has many exports from China.(noun). We export many goods to Europe.(verb)
  • attribute - (at-TRIB-ute) to ascribe; (AT-trib-ute) characteristic
  • close - (CLOZE) to shut; (CLOHSS) nearby
  • conduct - (CON-duct) behavior; (con-DUCT) to direct or manage
  • conflict - (CON-flict) disagreement or fight; (con-FLICT) to be in opposition
  • console - (CON-sole) upright case; also, computer terminal; (con-SOLE) to comfort someone
  • construct - (CON-struct) something constructed; (con-STRUCT) to assemble
  • content - (CON-tent) substantive part; (con-TENT) satisfied
  • contract - (CON-tract) agreement; (con-TRACT) to shrink or to agree on a project
  • convert - (CON-vert) one whose belief was changed; (con-VERT) to change one’s belief
  • convict - (CON-vict) prisoner; (con-VICT) to find guilty

A word that has a different pronunciation and meaning from another word with the same spelling.

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See more sources on this topic below

Heteronym (linguistics) - Wikipedia

The Heteronym Page (flystrip.com)

Hope you learnt something.
Heteronyms: Definition and Examples (thoughtco.com)