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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

English homophones

The English language is not phonetic and it has a lot of homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings; but not always. All the following examples are homophones with different spellings.

1. Numbers that have homophones

1/one     won (past of win)

2/two      to (preposition)     too (too much/ me too)

3/three      free (free time/free of charge)

4/four       for (preposition)

8/eight     ate (past of eat)

2. verbs that have homophones

wore (to wear)  war

would   wood (material)

know   no

wear   we're  where

they're   there

write    right

buy     by  bye (goodbye)

die      dye (colour; eg: dye your hair)

see     sea

Other common homophones

which   witch

our        hour

flower   flour

fair        fare (eg. bus fare)

pair      pear (fruit)

I           eye

For more homophones, click on this link

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