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Hanger versus hangar

Posted by Wendy Wood on 3rd June , 2020 in Grammar
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English is a complicated language, isn’t it? We have so many sneaky little homophones. A homophone is a word that is identical with another in pronunciation but is different in meaning or spelling or both. Take hangar and hanger, for example.

hangar: noun. 1. a shed or shelter.
2. a shed for aircraft.
hanger: noun. 1. that on which anything is hung.
2. a shaped support for a coat or other garment.
3. something by which a thing is hung, as a loop on a garment.

The easiest way to remember which is which? I always think of the ‘a’ in hangar as being an ‘a’ for airplanes.

Wendy Wood
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