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English Language English Grammar: «Homophones»

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Homophones

Definition[edit | edit source]

In English, there are some words that have the exact same pronunciation but different meanings and different spellings. These words are called homophones.

Why is the Knowledge of Homophones Essential?

Since they are pronounced identically or nearly identically, language learners must take care not to misunderstand or become confused when listening to spoken conversation.

In order to be certain of the meanings of these homophones, the language learner must master them and acknowledge their different meanings.

At any rate, in cases of confusion, the context of the use of the words in conversation might help out.

Examples of Homophones[edit | edit source]

Below are some famous homophones that language learners should look out for:

Word Homophone
Forth Fourth
Gate   Gait
Berry  Bury
Bread Bred
Bored Board
Cue  Queue
Deer  Dear
Doe Dough
Fare  Fair
Feet  Feat
Lead Led
Lone Loan
Mail  Male
Meet  Meat
Nun  None
Made Maid
One  Won
Their  There
Son  Sun
Tear Tier
Blew  Blue
Steal Steel
Knot  Not
Know  No
Stake  Steak
Sight Site
Hour Our
Heard Herd
Great  Grate
Hole Whole
New Knew
Hire  Higher
Peace Piece
Find Fined
Brake Break
Tear Tare
Bare Bear
Knight Night
Staid Stayed
Plain Plane
Walk Wok
Wait Weight
Flour Flower
Cell Sell
To Two
To Too
New Gnu
Sale Sail
Bale Bail
Carrot Karat
You Ewe
Pray Prey

Flow Floe

Bore Boar

Symbol Cymbal

Slay Sleigh

Slough Slew

Might Mite

Soul Sole

Won One

For Four

Fore For / Four

Poor Poor / Pore

Pair Pare

Sign Sine

Band Banned

Fairy Ferry

Shiek Chic

Shiek Shake

Cache Cash

Fare Fair / Faire

Metal Mettle

Medal Meddle

Die Dye

Dire Dyer

Tide Tied

Day Dais (UK & American New England pronunciation)

Through Threw

Grown Groan

Shown Shone

Check Cheque

Click Clique

Sight Site

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