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.
Let’s see some common examples of homophones.
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!
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.
For this next set of exercises, fill in the blanks using the correct homophone from the title.