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Exercise 1. Complete the following examples of polysemy in English. Note the' degree to which they correspond with your own language.
Leg of a person/chair...
Mouth of a person/river
Brancli of a tree/science
Exercise 2. Differentiate between cases of polysemy and homonymy in the folio wing sentences.
1. a) The sole survivor of the shipwreck managed to stay alive by clinging to a life-raft, b) His shoes were old and when it started to rain the water began to seep through the left sole. c)'I enjoy eating fish, and one of my favorites is Dover sole.
2. a) He's too mean to lend you money, b) What do you mean by implying I'm a liar? c) The mean annual rainfall in Britain is higher than that in Egypt d) All possible means have been tried.
3. This meat is deliciously tender. It just melts in the mouth, b) I am ready to tender my resignation, c) They received a tender for a building contract, d) When he was a child of tender years he used to spend a lot of time fishing with his father, e) She bruised her arm badly. It still felt very tender a week later.
4. a) She bore her husband four children, b) The man is such a bore. No wonder his wife divorced him. c) This new machine can bore a tunnel at a rate of three metres an hour, d) He bore pain without complaining, a) I saw Jimmy bore his way through the dense crowd.