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Pairs of Confusing Words – Homophones

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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’.

Pairs of Confusing Words - Homophones

That’s where the concept of Homophones emerges

Homophones are two or more words having the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings.

Pairs of Confusing Words - Homophones
Pairs of Confusing Words - Homophones

Here is the list of Top 20 pairs of words that can confuse anyone at times.

  1. Allowed – [permitted] Pets are not allowed in this motel.
    Aloud – [out loud with noise.] The teacher asked me to read the story aloud.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hear- [to perceive sounds] I love to hear clarinet music.
    Here – [in this place] put the groceries here on the table.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Meat- [edible flesh from an animal] we eat meat nearly every night for dinner.
    Meet – [get together] let’s meet for coffee tomorrow morning.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. Your- [possessive form of you] It’s your turn to go first.
    You’re- [you are] You’re the person I want to hire.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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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