Homophones are words that are known to have different spellings and meanings, but similar pronunciation.
Take a look at this set of homophones 👇🏿
To-too-two have different spellings and different meanings, but are pronounced exactly the same.
|to (preposition)||too (adverb)||two (noun)|
|used to show motion||means also or extremely||means the number 2|
|I am going to the park.||I am too tired today.||They bought two apples for pie.|
Here’s a list of some confusing homophones and their meanings:
Ate (verb): past tense of the verb ‘to eat’
- I ate the entire cake and now the birthday girl is crying.
Eight (noun): means the number 8
- Joy has to catch a bus at eight o’clock tomorrow morning.
Dew (noun): small drops of water that gather on plants and objects during the night (also a popular brand of soft drink)
- The grass is wet with dew.
Do/to do (verb): an auxiliary verb, used to indicate an action
- I want to do a language course for school.
Due (adjective): expected at or planned for at a certain time
- He is due a refund for the sweater he returned.
They’re (contraction): form of they are
- They’re very happy about going to Disneyland.
Their (pronoun): used to show possession
- The students placed their books on the table.
There (pronoun or adverb): indicates position
- Put the basket over there.
Know (verb): to have knowledge or understanding about something
- You can never know everything, my child.
No (determiner): not any
- There was absolutely no furniture in that room.
Principal (noun): head of a school or an organization, or a sum of money
- The Principal said that hard work is the key to success.
Principle (noun): fundamental truth or proposition serving as the foundation for a system of belief
- Democracy operates on the principle that everyone should be treated equally.
Here are some more examples of commonly used English homophones:
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