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Homophones/Homonyms

Parts of Speech

Homonyms (also called homophones) are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. Some homonyms are spelled the same, like bark (the sound a dog makes) and bark (the outer layer of a tree trunk). Some homonyms are spelled differently, like one (the number) and won (having been victorious).

Note: The Columbia Guide to Standard English defines homophones as words that are pronounced alike and have different spellings (like flower and flour), and defines homonyms as a more general term that includes both homophones and words that are spelled alike and have different meanings (like bank [the edge of a river] and bank [a financial institution]).

However, the Random House Unabridged Dictionary (1993 edition) defines the terms homonym and homophone in such a way that each term includes words that are pronounced alike and have different spellings, and also words that are spelled alike and have different meanings.

Some common homonyms include:
ad/add
allowed/aloud
ant/aunt
ate/eight
ball/bawl
band/banned
bear/bare
be/bee
billed/build
blew/blue
board/bored
boy/buoy
brake/break
by/bye/buy
beach/beech
bolder/boulder
bread/bred
brouse/brows
capital/capitol
caret/carrot/carat/karat
cell/sell
cent/scent/sent
census/senses
cereal/serial
chews/choose
choral/coral
chute/shoot
clothes/close
colonel/kernel
creak/creek
crews/cruise
cymbal/symbol
days/daze
dear/deer
dew/do/due
die/dye
disc/disk
discreet/discrete
discussed/disgust
doe/dough
doughs/doze
earn/urn
ewe/you
eye/I
fare/fair
feat/feet
find/fined
fir/fur
flea/flee
flew/flu/flue
flower/flour
for/four/fore
forth/fourth
foul/fowl
frees/freeze
gneiss/nice
gnu/knew/new
gored/gourd
gorilla/guerrilla
grays/graze
grate/great
guessed/guest
gym/Jim
hale/hail
hall/haul
hare/hair
heal/heel/he'll
heard/herd
hew/hue
hi/high
higher/hire
him/hymm
hair/hare
hoarse/horse
hole/whole
hour/our
idle/idol
idle/idol/idyl
in/inn
incite/insight
its/it's
jam/jamb
jeans/genes
knead/need/kneed
knight/night
knows/nose/no's
lead/led
leased/least
lessen/lesson
lie/lye
links/lynx
load/lode/lowed
loan/lone
locks/lox
loot/lute
maid/made
mail/male
maize/maze
meet/meat
medal/meddle
mince/mints
miner/minor
missed/mist
mooed/mood
morning/mourning
muscle/mussel
mussed/must
nays/neighs
no/know
none/nun
nose/knows/no's
not/knot/naught
one/won
or/oar/ore
overdo/overdue
paced/paste
pail/pale
pain/pane
pair/pare/pear
pain/pane
passed/past
patience/patients
pause/paws
peace/piece
peak/peek/pique
peal/peel
pedal/peddle
peer/pier
pi/pie
plain/plane
plum/plumb
praise/prays/preys
presence/presents
principal/principle
prince/prints
quarts/quartz
quince/quints
rain/reign/rein
raise/rays/raze
rap/wrap
read/reed
read/red
real/reel
reek/wreak
rest/wrest
review/revue
right/rite/write
ring/wring
road/rode/rowed
roe/row
role/roll
root/route
rose/rows
rote/wrote
roux/rue
rye/wry
sacks/sax
sail/sale
sawed/sod
scene/seen
sea/see
seam/seem
seas/sees/seize
serf/surf
serge/surge
sew/so/sow
shoe/shoo
side/sighed
sighs/size
sign/sine
sight/site/cite
slay/sleigh
soar/sore
soared/sword
sole/soul
son/sun
some/sum
spade/spayed
staid/stayed
stair/stare
stake/steak
stationary/stationery
steal/steel
straight/strait
suede/swayed
summary/summery
sundae/Sunday
tacks/tax
tail/tale
taut/taught
tea/tee
teas/tease/tees
tents/tense
tern/turn
there/their/they're
threw/through
throne/thrown
thyme/time
tide/tied
tighten/titan
to/too/two
toad/toed/towed
toe/tow
told/tolled
tracked/tract
trussed/trust
use/ewes
vein/vane
verses/versus
vial/vile
vice/vise
wade/weighed
wail/whale
waist/waste
wait/weight
waive/wave
Wales/whales
war/wore
ware/wear/where
warn/worn
wax/whacks
way/weigh/whey
we/wee
weather/whether
we'd/weed
weld/welled
we'll/wheel
wen/when
we've/weave
weak/week
which/witch
whirled/world
whirred/word
whine/wine
whoa/woe
who's/whose
wood/would
worst/wurst
yoke/yolk
you'll/yule
your/you're/yore

Activities on Homonyms:
Quiz 1:
12 homonyms - Circle the word that matches the picture.
Quiz 2:
10 homonyms - Circle the word that matches the picture.
Quiz 3:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Quiz 4:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Quiz 5:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Quiz 6:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Quiz 7:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Quiz 8:
15 homonyms - Write a homonym for each word.
Go to the answers to the 8 quizzes above.

homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #1

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: to, two, too, you're, your, write, right, their, there, they're. Or go to the answers.
homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #2

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: buy, by, bye, for, four, cent, scent, sent, eye, I. Or go to the answers.
homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #3

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: oar, or, ore, one, won, rain, reign, rein, hour, our. Or go to the answers.
homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #4

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: road, rode, rowed, who's, whose, gnu, knew, new, its, it's. Or go to the answers.
homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #5

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: raise, rays, raze, sail, sale, sight, site, cite, ant, aunt. Or go to the answers.
homonyms

Homonym Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #6

Answer ten multiple-choice questions about common homonyms. Words: flew, flue, flu, steal, steel, sew, so, sow, pail, pale. Or go to the answers.
cloze activity
Homonym Cloze Activity

Do this fill-in-the-blank activity and see if you can find these common homonyms. Or go to the Answers
cloze activity
Homonym Cloze Activity #2

Do this fill-in-the-blank activity and see if you can find these common homonyms. Or go to the Answers
find related words

Write Eight Sets of Homophones

Think of and write eight sets of homophones. Sample answers: night/knight, I/eye, by/buy, sea/see, flu/flew, hear/here, wear/where, flower/flour.
definitions

Accept/Except
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, accept and except, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Affect/Effect
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, affect and effect, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Capital/Capitol
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, capital and capitol, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Its/It's
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, its and it's, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Principal/Principle
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, principal and principle, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Who's/Whose
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, whose and who's, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Your/You're
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of two commonly-misused words, your and you're, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

There/Their/They're
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of three commonly-misused words, there, their and they're, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

To/Too/Two
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of three commonly-misused words, to, too and two, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Cite/Sight/Site
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of three commonly-misused words, cite, sight and site, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
definitions

Buy/By/Bye
Commonly Misused Words - Comprehension Worksheet

In this printable, students read the definitions of three commonly-misused words, buy, by and bye, then answer questions about the words and fill in the blanks in sentences. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #1

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: buy, by, bye, heal, heel, he'll, seas, sees, seize, their, there, they're, to, too, two. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #2

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: cent, scent, sent, dew, do, due, flew, flu, flue, rain, rein, reign, raise, rays, raze. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #3

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: cite, sight, site, gnu, knew, new, knead, kneed, need, pair, pare, pear, sew, so, sow. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #4

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: dear, deer, flour, flower, weather, whether, for, fore, four, praise, prays, preys, right, rite, write. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #5

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: maize, maze, sail, sale, pain, pane, passed, past, some, sum, steal, steel, oar, or, ore. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #6

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: seam, seem, lie, lye, plain, plane, one, won, hair, hare, meat, meet, way, weigh, whey. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #7

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: red, read, creak, creek, pail, pale, war, wore, loan, lone, wail, whale, teas, tease, tees. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #8

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: tacks, tax, rap, die, dye, wrap, witch, no, waist, waste, know, load, lowed. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #9

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: sole, soul, chute, shoot, peace, piece, toad, toed, towed, made, maid, tied, tide, mail, made. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Homonyms: Spelling Word Questions #10

Use the list of homonyms to answer simple questions that test understanding. Words: bare, bear, blew, blue, heard, herd, ewe, you, yew, pause, paws, sore, soar, wear, where. Or go to the answers.
Word for Each Letter

Find a Pair of Homonyms for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a pair of homonyms for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.


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