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Homophones


These are words that are pronounced the same way, but have different spellings and different meanings.

Homophones

Examples

Aloud

Allowed

He was talking aloud during the film.

I am not allowed out during the week.

Brake

Break

The brake on the bike was on the handlebars.

Be careful not to break that crystal vase.

Steal

Steel

To steal from someone is a crime.

Steel is needed for heavy industry.

I need to steel myself before I face the principal.

Stationery

Stationary

I need to buy some stationery from the newsagent.

The car was stationary when it was hit by the truck.

Principal

Principle

A principal is in charge of a school.

She had strong principles about lying.

Red

Read

The traffic light turned red.

I read the whole book in a day.

Meat

Meet

I don’t eat red meat.

Let’s meet for lunch at twelve o’clock.

Pear

Pair

I had a poached pear for dessert.

The pair of boots needed repair.

Course

Coarse

Of course I needed antibiotics.

The material was coarse and made me itch.

Whether

Weather

I don’t know whether to choose the black or the white top.

The weather is cold and wet.

Seen

Scene

He was seen running in an easterly direction.

The death scene in Hamlet is very dramatic.

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