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Hi there.

This week I thought I would re-visit one of my earlier blog subjects; the difference between homonyms and homophones.  These two unusual words seem to represent terms that can be very confusing to folk. Vocabulary.com gives good definitions.

It says:

homonym is a word that is said or spelled the same way as another word but has a different meaning.  http://tiny.cc/yg0acy


homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning and/or spelling. http://tiny.cc/lh0acy

Vocabulary.com uses examples and tests to challenge readers.   If you cannot get enough of homonyms and homophones, and really want to impress your friends, check out http://tiny.cc/jf0acy, where you will find some jokes.

So what are these word that people stumble over all the time?


Homonyms and Homophones


Affect* Effect* Flour Flower
Allusion Illusion Altar Alter
Fair Fare Arc Ark
There Their Inn In
Your You’re (You are) Lead Led
Right Write Bye Buy
Beat Beet Knot Not
Hole Whole Grate Great
Stair Stare Weak Week
Plain Plane Weather Whether
Wait Weight Hear Here
Passed Paste Groan Grown
Maid Made Road Rode
Sail Sale Waist Waste


*These can be either homophone or homonym depending on which side of the grammar fence you sit on. I do not sit on either side however I recognise that many of us have problems with these words.

You will see that I have not gone into any detail about the examples I have used. This is a deliberate action so that you can go away and do some research yourself.

Anything I write is not the definitive guide on a subject, just as taster.

I hope you can join me again.

Take care,





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