Homophones in English

Have you noticed that English has a lot of words that seem similar? There are a lot of words in English that you pronounce the same but write differently. Let’s look at some!

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

 

 I and EYE

I have blue eyes.

 

 

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

 

ADD and AD

Add is mathematics. Ad is publicity.

 

 

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

 

SEE and SEA and C

See is look. Sea is ocean. C is a letter.

 

 

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

(photo by WT instructor JLN)

 

MEAT and MEET

Meat is chicken, pork, and beef. Meet is “Nice to meet you!”

 

 

photo by WT instructor JLN

photo by WT instructor JLN

 

ATE and EIGHT 

I ate half a hot dog. I can’t eat eight (8) hot dogs!

(“Ate” is the past tense of “eat.”)

 

(photo by Jenny Martin)

(photo by Jenny Martin)

 

NEW and KNEW

I don’t like my new hair cut. My sister knew it was a bad idea.

(“New” is not old. “Knew” is the past tense of “know.”)

 

(screenshot by WT instructor JLN)

(screenshot by WT instructor JLN)

 

YOU’RE and YOUR 

YOU’RE is the contraction for you are. YOUR is possessive.

*Remember: “You’re welcome” is correct. “Your welcome” is bad English.

Many Americans confuse “your” and “you’re.” Please be better than them!

 

English has a lot of words that you spell differently but pronounce the same. Here is a list of some homophones. Don’t worry. You don’t learn them all in one day. You learn them in years and years!

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