Pairs of Confusing Words – Homophones
I hope you are doing well. Many times we come across words with similar pronunciation and get confused. A simple example to elaborate this would be ‘Board’ & ‘Bored’.
That’s where the concept of Homophones emerges
Homophones are two or more words having the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings.
Here is the list of Top 20 pairs of words that can confuse anyone at times.
Allowed – [permitted] Pets are not allowed in this motel.
Aloud – [out loud with noise.] The teacher asked me to read the story aloud.
Brake – [a device for slowing down a vehicle] the driver applied the brake.
Break – [to smash or divide into parts] Please don’t break my new dishes.
Capital – [the city where the government is located.] Paris is the capital of France. Always begin your name with a capital letter.
Capitol – [the building in Washington, D.C., in which Congress meets] the reporters waited at the Capitol to see the senator.
Fair – [just, proper under the rules, or ample] the judge made a fair decision.
Fare – [money paid to ride in a bus, taxi or other vehicles] He paid his fare when he got on the bus.
Hear- [to perceive sounds] I love to hear clarinet music.
Here – [in this place] put the groceries here on the table.
Hole – [an opening or hollow place] the squirrel ran through the hole in the fence.
Whole-[the entire amount] He ate the whole pizza by himself.
Mail- [items sent in the postal system] I received six letters today in the mail.
Male – [a boy or man] There were ten male passengers on the train.
Meat- [edible flesh from an animal] we eat meat nearly every night for dinner.
Meet – [get together] let’s meet for coffee tomorrow morning.
Principal- [most important, or the leader of a school] the principal wrote a new homework policy.
Principle- [basic truth or law] I do not agree with the principles of that religion
Steal- [to take something without permission] some children steal money from their mother’s purses.
Steel – [a strong metal made of iron and carbon] Many buildings are constructed with steel frames.
Tail – [the rear part of an animal’s body] my dog wags its tail when he’s happy.
Tale – [a story] One popular fairy tale is about a giant, a beanstalk and a boy named Jack.
To – [toward ] We drove to the theatre.
Too- [also] Jimmy likes pizza, too.
Two – [ a symbol for 1 plus 1] Susan spun a two in the board game.
Waist – [the middle of the body] The belt was too large for her small waist.
Waste – [discarded material] The factory’s waste products were dumped in the landfill
Weak – [not strong] The young boy was too weak to lift the box of books.
Week – [a seven-day period] The worker went on vacation for one week.
Who’s- [who is or who has] Who’s been drinking my soda?
Whose-[ possessive form of who ] Does anyone know whose coat is this one?
Your- [possessive form of you] It’s your turn to go first.
You’re- [you are] You’re the person I want to hire.
Scene- [the place where an event occurs] A criminal sometimes returns to the scene of the crime.
Seen-[past participle of see] I’ve never seen so many flowers
Road – [driving surface.] She had difficulty keeping her car on the slippery road.
Road- [past tense of ride] We rode the bus for thirty minutes to get across town.
Hole – [an opening or hollow place] The squirrel ran through the hole in the fence.
Whole- [the entire amount] He ate the whole pizza by himself.
Loan – [money lending or to lend something] Can you please loan me enough money for lunch?
Lone – [single, only] The truck driver was the lone customer at the all-night dinner
Pairs of Confusing Words – Homophones
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