Homophones are words in English that sound the same but are spelt different. These words also have a different meaning.

Confused? Let me give you some examples then you can read the full list.

  • One – a number – pronounced ‘wun’
  • Won – past tense of ‘win’ – pronounced ‘wun’

 

  • Buy – to purchase something – pronounced ‘bi’
  • By – past/near – pronounced ‘bi’
  • Bye – short for ‘goodbye’ – pronounced ‘bi’

 

As you can see, the two (or three) words are pronounced the same. However, they have a different meaning and different spelling. That my friends, is what we call a ‘homophone‘ in English.

homophones examples

Let’s see some common examples of homophones.

homophone of ate - words that sound the same but spelt differently
homophone of hair - words that sound the same but spelt differently
homophone of one - words that sound the same but spelt differently
homophones for loan
homophone of right - words that sound the same but spelt differently

I think you get the idea from the examples above. For those of you who really want to nail your pronunciation; homographshomonyms and homophones are for you!

homonyms list with examples

Homonyms are very tricky for non-natives to learn and distinguish between. Have a crack at learning some of the most common ones. I’ve given you the two (or more) homophones, the meaning and some tips for pronunciation.

Here’s a few but there are lots more. Good luck!

ks2 homophones list with meaning and example
ks2 homophones list with meaning and example
ks2 homophones list with meaning and examples
ks2 homophones list with meaning and examples
ks2 homophones list with meaning and examples
ks2 homophones list with meaning and examples
ks2 homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples
homophones list with meaning and examples

Here’s a pdf list of homophones you can download and study in your own time.

homophones worksheets

So, you’ve learnt the list and are now a homophone pro. Have a go at completing these exercises, the answers are at the bottom.

For the first exercises, fill in the blanks with the correct homophone.

homophones worksheet and activity
ks2 homophones worksheet and activity
homophones worksheet and activity ks2

For this next set of exercises, fill in the blanks using the correct homophone from the title.

homophones words worksheet ks2 - allowed or aloud
homophones words worksheet ks2 - blew or blue
homophones words activity worksheet ks2 - brake or break
homophones words activity worksheet ks2 - by bye or buy
homophones words activity - hear or here
homophones words activity - knew or new
homophones words worksheet ks2 - know or no
homophones worksheet ks2 - one or won
homophones activity worksheet - their, there or they're
homophones activity - to, too or two

homophones activity

Now it’s time to practice what you’ve learnt​. See if you can read these sentences with the correct pronunciation and word stress. Go on, I believe in you.

homonyms, homographs and homophones practice
homonyms, homographs and homophones practice
homonyms, homographs and homophones practice