Band and Banned

Commonly Confused Words

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The words band and banned are homophones: they sound alike but have different meanings.

Homophone for Band

As a noun, band refers to a musical group or to any group of people joined for a common purpose. In addition, the noun band means a ring, a restraint, a belt, or a specific range of wavelengths or radio frequencies.

As a verb, band means to mark with a band or to unite for a common purpose (band together).

Banned is the past and past-participle form of the verb to ban, which means to forbid or prohibit.

Examples

  • Whenever possible, the individual members of the band travel from gig to gig by rented car.​
  • The diadem is a band of gold more than an inch in width and eighteen inches in length.​
  • The demand for new radio stations in the 1960s prompted the FCC to push new licensees into the FM band.​
  • In 1926, H.L. Mencken was arrested in Boston for selling a banned copy of the American Mercury magazine.

Practice

(a) Chuck and his friends formed a rock _____, but they had trouble finding an instrument for Amos to play.

(b) My father used to hide _____ books in a little vault he had built in the basement.

(c) The rival factions were forced to _____ together to protect their homes against a new enemy.

Answers ​

(a) Chuck and his friends formed a rock band, but they had trouble finding an instrument for Amos to play.



(b) My father used to hide banned books in a little vault he had built in the basement.

(c) The rival factions were forced to band together to protect their homes against a new enemy.

Answers to Practice Exercises: Band and Banned

(a) Chuck and his friends formed a rock band, but they had trouble finding an instrument for Amos to play.

(b) My father used to hide banned books in a little vault he had built in the basement.

(c) The rival factions were forced to band together to protect their homes against a new enemy.

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