A list of common homophones

What is a homophone?


each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling (e.g. new and knew)

Homophones are our false friends. While they sound the same, they are spelled differently and have different meanings. Don’t always trust your spell checker in MS Word, it doesn’t pick up on these words and could leave your English text delivering the wrong message.

air heir
aisle isle
ante- anti-
eye I
bare bear
be bee
brake break
buy by
cell sell
cent scent
cereal serial
coarse course
complement compliment
dam damn
dear deer
die dye
fair fare
fir fur
flour flower
for four
hair hare
heal heel
hear here
him hymn
hole whole
hour our
idle idol
in inn
knight night
knot not
know no
made maid
mail male
meat meet
morning mourning
none nun
oar or
one won
pair pear
peace piece
plain plane
poor pour
pray prey
principal principle
profit prophet
real reel
right write
root route
sail sale
sea see
seam seem
sight site
sew so
shore sure
sole soul
some sum
son sun
stair stare
stationary stationery
steal steel
suite sweet
tail tale
their there
to too
toe tow
waist waste
wait weight
way weigh
weak week
wear where

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