Learn how to pronounce the words USE & USE with this American English homophone pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled exactly the same. They just have a different pronunciation and a different meaning.


Noun: you-s /juːs/

Verb: you-z /juːz/


Noun: an advantage or way in which something is useful

Verb: to abuse or deploy to accomplish something


Hi everyone it’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your question of the week.

I have a mini series for about the next eight weeks on heteronyms. These have been very popular these are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently, and they have different meanings.

So our word today is use, which is a noun meaning an advantage of something, or a way in which something is useful;
and the verb use, which is to abuse or to deploy to accomplish something.

Super easy lesson today. We’re going to start both of these words with you, like you out there watching. Do not touch your teeth for this “y” sound. The tip here is to touch the back of your tongue to the inside of your top back teeth. My tongue is not touching the front of my teeth.

Then round your lips. Keep your tongue flat in the middle of your mouth for that ew ew ew ew.

Now for the noun use, we’re going to add an s. Have the tip of your tongue either behind your top teeth or pointed down to the bottom of your mouth. Your voice box is not on and it is not moving.

use use use

Now for the verb we are going to end with that z sound. The word’s going to start exactly the same. For the z almost like the s but to do this, your voice box is going to be on, vibrating, and moving. zzz

use use use

So we have
use use use
use use use

And now for a sentence:
A good use for this is to use it on your skin.
A good use for this is to use it on your skin.

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