Thursday, November 11, 2010

Homophones – words that sound the same

Homophones are words that sound the same but have a different meaning and spelling.

For example:
     
My son is a doctor

        The sun is really hot today.

The common homophones on this page are grouped according to the sound that is spelled differently. Words marked UK only sound similar in British English.
      /i:/
bean – been
be – bee
feat – feet
flea – flee
heel – he'll – heal
leak – leek
meat – meet
peace – piece
peak – peek
peal – peel
reed – read
sea – see
seam – seem
seen – scene
steal – steel
suite – sweet
weak – week
weave – we've

UK /ɔ:/ US /ɔ:r/
board – bored
caught – court UK
coarse – course
hoarse – horse
sauce – source UK
saw – soar UK
sort – sought UK
warn – worn

     /eI/
bale – bail
brake – break
grate – great
male – mail
pain – pane
pair – pear
pray – prey
rain – reign – rein
sale – sail
slay – sleigh
stake – steak
Sunday – sundae
tale – tail
wail – whale
wait – weight
waste – waist
way – weigh

UK /aυ/ US /oυ/
groan – grown
hole – whole
know – no
loan – lone
road – rode – rowed
role – roll
row – roe
sew – so
sole – soul
  
     /ə/
altar – alter
currant – current
gorilla – guerrilla
idol – idle
manner – manor
miner – minor
    
       /aI/
aisle – I'll – isle
aye – eye – I
buy – by – bye
dye – die
hi – high
hire – higher
rye – wry
sight – site
right – write
tyre – tire

UK /ear/US /er/
air – heir
fair – fare
bare – bear
pair – pear
stair – stare
there – they're – their
ware – wear – where
     
     /u:/
blew – blue
flew – flu – flue
threw – through
to – too – two
Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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