Homophones are words that sound alike, but have different meanings and spellings.
allowed vs. aloud
1) If you didn't want her to know, you should not have said it aloud.
2) He's not allowed outside today.
fare vs. fair
1) Sometimes life doesn't seem fair, but you must adapt, in order to persevere.
2) You can go on line, and look up the price of fare, for a round trip to Vegas.
Eye versus I are an example of homophones. These type of words sound almost identical to the other but they have a difference in spelling and meaning.
I need to be very careful when cooking, so that I do not get any food into my eye.
Teas and Tease
The girl at the counter wanted to tease me about my taste in teas.
Homophones are not to be confused with homonyms or homographs.
Homonyms are words that share sound but have a different definition and spelling.
Example of Homonyms: He'll and Heal
I believe he'll receive, an excellent test score. The burn on your finger will take a long time to heal.
Homographs share spelling but have different sound and meanings.
Example of Homographs: Sewer and Sewer
After years of practice, Annie my personal sewer, was able to fix my torn zipper.
Large amounts of rain can often cause a sewer drain to back up and send a rancid smell across the town.
A homophone is a word that sound alike but has a different meaning and spelling.
An example of a homophone is read and reed.
I was told to read the instructions on how to adjust the reed on a clarinet.
Another example is read and red.
I have read the first chapter in the red book on the shelf.
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Homophone are words that are pronounced the same but have a different meaning, or spelling.
- Examples: Two- Reflects numbers
- To- means form of direction
- Too- In addition, also, excessively, very
- Eye- Meaning a body part
- I- Meaning to reference yourself.
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A homophone is any word that rhymes with another word but has two different meanings. Homophones can be in multiple types or words: nouns, verbs, adjectives...etc. Please see the examples below:
Bear (Noun/verb), Bare (Adj)
Ex: Bear (noun) - Animal, Bear (Verb) - i.e. Bear in mind..., Bare (Adj) - uncovered
Straight from Merriam-Webster:
1 : one of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or derivation or spelling (as the words to, too, and two)
: a character or group of characters pronounced the same as another character or group
Tale vs Tail
Tale can be a story where as tail is body part.
My grandfather told me many tales when I was younger.
I always wished that I had a tail just like a monkey.
Gorilla vs Guerilla
Gorilla is an animal where as guerrilla is a member of an armed force, usually politically motivated, that combats a stronger armed force.
The gorilla is the biggest primate in the zoo.
In some third-world countries, the smaller towns usually have to use guerilla warfare to fight off the larger army.