Homophones

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Homophones :


We have pairs of words in English, which have different spelling and Meaning but the same pronunciation. Such pairs are called Homophones (or) Confusing of pairs.


Example :


She was quite pale after carrying a heavy pail of water.


In this sentence the words
PALE and PAIL are Homophones.


  1. Bread - bred

  2. Scene - seen

  3. Waist - waste

  4. Night - knight

  5. Through - threw

  6. Wait - weight

  7. Fare - fair

  8. Quite - quiet

  9. Right - write

  10. Cell - sell

  11. Pray - prey

  12. Advice - advise


Words often confused or misused :


  1. ability = power to do

    Abilities = powers and skills


  2. accede = implies actual agreement

    Concede = yielding without necessity agreeing


  3. accept = to agree or admit

    Except = to omit


  4. adapt = to make a trial

    Adopt = to select or choose


  5. assay = to make a trial

    Essay = to make an intellectual effort


  6. beside = at the side

    Besides = in addition to


  7. confidant = person who is very close

    Confident = feeling assured


  8. desert = desolate area

    Dessert = eatable at the end of dinner


  9. draft = sketch of work a form for drawing money

    Draught = dry weather


  10. gaol = prison

    Goal = destination


  11. team = a side of players

    Teem = be prolific with


  12. vain = valueless

    Vein = tube that carries blood


  13. vale = valley

    Veil = curtain


  14. vacation = period free from work

    Vocation = occupation


  15. straight = without curves

    Strait = narrow



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