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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
Bale Bail
Band Banned
Bare Bear
Berry  Bury
Blew  Blue
Bore Boar
Bored Board
Brake Break
Bread Bred
Cache Cash
Carrot Karat
Cell Sell
Check Cheque
Click Clique
Cue  Queue
Day Dais (UK & American New England pronunciation)
Deer  Dear
Die Dye
Dire Dyer
Doe Dough
Fairy Ferry
Fare Fair / Faire
Fare  Fair
Feet  Feat
Find Fined
Flour Flower
Flow Floe
For Four
Fore For / Four
Gate   Gait
Great  Grate
Grown Groan
Hair Hare
Heard Herd
Hi High
Hire  Higher
Hole Whole
Hour Our
Knight Night
Knot  Not
Know  No
Lead Led
Lone Loan
Made Maid
Mail  Male
Medal Meddle
Meet  Meat
Metal Mettle
Might Mite
New Knew
New Gnu
Nun  None
One  Won
Pair Pare
Peace Piece
Plain Plane
Poor Poor / Pore
Pray Prey
Sale Sail
Sea See
Shiek Chic
Shiek Shake
Sight Site
Sight Site/ Cite
Sign Sine
Slay Sleigh
Slough Slew
Son  Sun
Soul Sole
Staid Stayed
Stake  Steak
Steal Steel
Symbol Cymbal
Tear Tier
Tear Tare
Their  There
Through Threw
Tide Tied
To Two
To Too
Wait Weight
Walk Wok
Won One
You Ewe


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