Lexical Ambiguity: Definition & Examples


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What is lexical ambiguity?

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1. What kind of word play frequently relies on lexical ambiguity?

2. Which of the following statements about lexical ambiguity is TRUE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lexical ambiguity confuses the reader and makes it difficult to understand an author's intent. This quiz will help you gauge your knowledge of lexical ambiguity with questions about what it is and how to avoid it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess your knowledge by answering questions regarding lexical ambiguity. You'll be required to:

  • Define lexical ambiguity
  • Recognize the type of wordplay that relies on lexical ambiguity
  • Identify true and false statements about this writing error

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on lexical ambiguity
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of ambiguity to identify an example
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding true and false statements about lexical ambiguity

Additional Learning

For more on this subject, review the lesson titled, Lexical Ambiguity: Definition & Examples. This has more details, including:

  • Analysis of lexical ambiguity
  • Its use in humor
  • Fixing ambiguity