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Homophones or not

Homophones sound the same but are different words. Sometimes they sound the same only in certain regions. For me aunt is not a homophone of ant, but more a homophone of aren't . For some in the Southern states of the USA. aunt and ant may be homophones.


Some words are pronounced as homophones by some native speakers but not others. Some words are global homophones and are pronounced the same all over the English speaking world.

Choose the correct option to complete the gaps.

  1. audio If you want to use a quote in your report. be certain that you
    Login please   ____________   X
    the source properly.
    1. cite
    2. sight
    3. site
  2. audio Those dark clouds seem to suggest that we're going to get some
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    1. rain
    2. reign
    3. rein
  3. audio He was the
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    survivor of the battle.
    1. loan
    2. lone
  4. audio I was really upset by the way
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    in which the bank wrote to me about my overdraft.
    1. manner
    2. manor
  5. audio If you would put your shirt on a
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    instead of leaving it lying in a heap on the floor, it wouldn't be so crumpled.
    1. hanger
    2. hangar
  6. audio The
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    was written by a famous TV presentor.
    1. foreword
    2. forward
  7. audio My last move was
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    I never would have
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    my opponents intentions.
    1. floored
    2. flawed
    1. guest
    2. guessed
  8. audio I think my dad got better service today because he paid the waiter a
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    1. complement
    2. compliment
  9. audio My horse became aggitated when his
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    came loose.
    1. bridal
    2. bridle
  10. audio Every book published here has a unique
    Login please   ____________   X
    number, printed on it.
    1. cereal
    2. serial
    3. beakfast cereal
    4. serial killer.
  11. audio This doctor treats his
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    very well. He never gets any complaints.
    1. patience
    2. patients
  12. audio A
    Login please   ____________   X
    processor system has two processor chips working in parallel.
    1. dual
    2. duel

Making Sentences


Make sentences with the words that you didn't use in exercise 1

Look at these word pairs and decide whether they are homophones for you or not. Check a dictionary and write the phonetic symbols for each word in the pair. Decide which pairs sound alike and which have different sounds.


Listen to each native speaker and decide whether the words are spoken as homophones or not.


  1. You are not allowed to speak aloud in class. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  2. My aunt was bitten by an ant. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  3. Browse the make-up counter for mascara for your eye brows. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  4. canvass the art shops for a canvas to paint a picture. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  5. If I can't find the dye I need, I think I will just die. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
    Question How are these two words spelt in gerund form? (dying ?)
  6. The plane landed on the flat plain without an airport! English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  7. It was a grave situation at the grave side. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  8. I saw many bizaar things at the bazaar English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  9. I got bored listening to the board of directors. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  10. He was telling a tale about the dog with a long tail. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  11. We tied the boat securely before the tide came in. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  12. It was a real joy for me to reel in that big fish. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  13. Have you seen that scene of the play before? English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  14. It was a sordid affair that had to be sorted out. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  15. With pride I pried the vault open for them. English Male speaker English Female Speaker
  16. I was very tense as I was putting the tents up. English Male speaker
  17. please wear these special clothes while working where the silver ware is stored. English Male speaker
  18. That trader is really a traitor. English Male speaker
  19. My mother has sewn my trousers and my father has sown the seeds in the field. English Male speaker
  20. I will close the closet door,after the clothes have been hung up. English Male speaker
  21. Do you think a prophet makes any profit from his work? English Male speaker
  22. With all my body and soul I tried to put the sole back on my shoe. English Male speaker
  23. If you look down the second row of stalls you will see the fish roe seller. English Male speaker
  24. That toad just towed the lillypad right across the pond. English Male speaker
  25. Have you ever seen a beech tree growing on the beach? English Male speaker
  26. When we finish putting up the stakes I will grill some steaks. English Male speaker
  27. Build this house like Jack built his. English Male speaker
  28. In the second world war soldiers wore uniform. English Male speaker
  29. The Indian warrior became a real worrier. English Male speaker
  30. please wear these special clothes while working where the silver ware is stored. English Male speaker
  31. The breakdown truck is not coming, We'll have to change the wheel ourselves. English Male speaker
  32. I'll walk up the aisle when I go to the Isle of Man. English Male speaker
  33. If you go to the Tower of London you'll see the crown jewels. English Male speaker
  34. We won One, we won One, we won One !!
    They won by three goals. The score was four one. English Male speaker
  35. You are our only hope. English Male speaker
  36. The prince of Wales sails from Wells to protect whales. English Male speaker
  37. She accidentally poured flour into the flower pot English Male speaker
  38. That was my first time. Now, I have a thirst for adventure. English Male speaker
  39. Iron - ion English Male speaker
  40. As I knelt on the floor I noticed a flaw in the floorboards. English Male speaker
  41. knit nit English Male speaker
  42. Your clock says it's twenty to two. My clock says it's twenty-two too English Male speaker
  43. This route is the root of the problem. English Male speaker
  44. From my house I can see the choppy sea. English Male speaker
  45. I have been waiting for my friend for four hours! English Male speaker
  46. I'm here, can you hear me English Male speaker
  47. He was knighted that night by the Queen The other night a knight rode his horse past here and disappeared. English Male speaker
  48. I heard him singing a beautiful hymn. English Male speaker
  49. The taxes to pay on new taxis are too heavy. English Male speaker
  50. There is tacks tax in Texas, of two tenths of a cent per tack. English Male speaker
  51. Please would you sew up my torn trousers so that I can wear them tomorrow. English Male speaker
  52. Aren't you my aunt? English Male speaker
  53. Which witch is the wicked witch and which witch is the white witch? English Male speaker
  54. The hair on that hare is moulting English Male speaker
  55. If you jump in the river just because you don't like liver, you really must hate liver and like the river. English Male speaker
  56. My stomach was sore from laughing when I saw her dancing English Male speaker
  57. Use the brake quickly or something will break. English Male speaker
  58. She conjured up a tissue from the blue box and blew her nose. English Male speaker
  59. The cat paused to lick it's paws. English Male speaker
  60. Do you have time to pick some thyme from the garden? English Male speaker
  61. None of the monks spoke to the nun. English Male speaker
  62. A real old fashioned cotton reel is made of wood. English Male speaker
  63. The miller made some flour and gave his wife a flower. English Male speaker
  64. Whose shoes are these and Who's not polishing them? English Male speaker
  65. The rose rose above all the other flowers. English Male speaker
  66. The mailman is not a male. Should I call her the mail woman or the mail lady? English Male speaker
  67. Is is your right to write this the right way. English Male speaker
  68. This chip is not expensive, it is cheap. English Male speaker
  69. I am looking at you through one eye. English Male speaker
  70. My son asked me how far the sun was? English Male speaker
  71. Who knows where a platypuses nose is? English Male speaker
  72. Mr Lion is the mane man. English Male speaker
  73. The batsmen bawled when the ball hit his nose. English Male speaker
  74. The band played so loudly in the park that they were banned. English Male speaker
  75. I strummed a chord while straining my vocal cords. English Male speaker
  76. I am on a sea food diet, I see food and eat it. English Male speaker
  77. sleigh slay
  78. Don't stare at the top stair.
  79. I am bored with playing board games everyday.
  80. In current times there is a currant shortage.

Some of the words in each sentence are spelt incorrectly because they are homophonic malapropism. Find all incorectly spelt words in each sentence.

  1. You are worth you wait in gold.
  2. Here a spell checker is a waist of time
  3. Excuse me, you are in my whey.
  4. Wood you mind know doing that.
  5. I'm a frayed you can not come inn.
  6. I wouldn't buy any fish in this plaice.

A compehensive list of homophones

Can you make sentences which contain a homophone pair? Just like the recorded examples above.

  1. accessary, accessory
  2. ad, add
  3. ail, ale
  4. air, heir
  5. aisle, I'll, isle
  6. all, awl
  7. allowed, aloud
  8. alms, arms
  9. altar, alter
  10. arc, ark
  11. aren't, aunt
  12. ate, eight
  13. auger, augur
  14. auk, orc
  15. aural, oral
  16. away, aweigh
  17. awe, oar, or, ore
  18. axel, axle
  19. aye, eye, I
  20. bail, bale
  21. bait, bate
  22. baize, bays
  23. bald, bawled
  24. ball, bawl
  25. band, banned
  26. bard, barred
  27. bare, bear
  28. bark, barque
  29. baron, barren
  30. base, bass
  31. bay, bey
  32. bazaar, bizarre
  33. be, bee
  34. beach, beech
  35. bean, been
  36. beat, beet
  37. beau, bow
  38. beer, bier
  39. bel, bell, belle
  40. berry, bury
  41. berth, birth
  42. bight, bite, byte
  43. billed, build
  44. bitten, bittern
  45. blew, blue
  46. bloc, block
  47. boar, bore
  48. board, bored
  49. boarder, border
  50. bold, bowled
  51. boos, booze
  52. born, borne
  53. bough, bow
  54. boy, buoy
  55. brae, bray
  56. braid, brayed
  57. braise, brays, braze
  58. brake, break
  59. bread, bred
  60. brews, bruise
  61. bridal, bridle
  62. broach, brooch
  63. bur, burr
  64. but, butt
  65. buy, by, bye
  66. buyer, byre
  67. calendar, calender
  68. call, caul
  69. canvas, canvass
  70. cast, caste
  71. caster, castor
  72. caught, court
  73. caw, core, corps
  74. cede, seed
  75. ceiling, sealing
  76. cell, sell
  77. censer, censor, sensor
  78. cent, scent, sent
  79. cereal, serial
  80. cheap, cheep
  81. check, cheque
  82. choir, quire
  83. chord, cord
  84. cite, sight, site
  85. clack, claque
  86. clew, clue
  87. climb, clime
  88. close, cloze
  89. coal, kohl
  90. coarse, course
  91. coign, coin
  92. colonel, kernel
  93. complacent, complaisant
  94. complement, compliment
  95. coo, coup
  96. cops, copse
  97. council, counsel
  98. cousin, cozen
  99. creak, creek
  100. crews, cruise
  101. cue, kyu, queue
  102. curb, kerb
  103. currant, current
  104. cymbol, symbol
  105. dam, damn
  106. days, daze
  107. dear, deer
  108. descent, dissent
  109. desert, dessert
  110. deviser, divisor
  111. dew, due
  112. die, dye
  113. discreet, discrete
  114. doe, doh, dough
  115. done, dun
  116. douse, dowse
  117. draft, draught

    While I was working on my draft, I felt a draught on my feet, because the door had been left ajar.

  118. dual, duel
  119. earn, urn
  120. eery, eyrie
  121. ewe, yew, you
  122. faint, feint
  123. fah, far
  124. fair, fare
  125. farther, father
  126. fate, f??te
  127. faun, fawn
  128. fay, fey
  129. faze, phase
  130. feat, feet
  131. ferrule, ferule
  132. few, phew
  133. fie, phi
  134. file, phial
  135. find, fined
  136. fir, fur
  137. fizz, phiz
  138. flair, flare
  139. flaw, floor
  140. flea, flee
  141. flex, flecks
  142. flew, flu, flue
  143. floe, flow
  144. flour, flower
  145. foaled, fold
  146. for, fore, four
  147. foreword, forward
  148. fort, fought
  149. forth, fourth
  150. foul, fowl
  151. franc, frank
  152. freeze, frieze
  153. friar, fryer
  154. furs, furze
  155. gait, gate
  156. galipot, gallipot
  157. gallop, galop
  158. gamble, gambol
  159. gays, gaze
  160. genes, jeans
  161. gild, guild
  162. gilt, guilt
  163. giro, gyro
  164. gnaw, nor
  165. gneiss, nice
  166. gorilla, guerilla
  167. grate, great
  168. greave, grieve
  169. greys, graze
  170. grisly, grizzly
  171. groan, grown
  172. guessed, guest
  173. hail, hale
  174. hair, hare
  175. hall, haul
  176. hangar, hanger
  177. hart, heart
  178. haw, hoar, whore
  179. hay, hey
  180. heal, heel, he'll
  181. hear, here
  182. heard, herd
  183. he'd, heed
  184. heroin, heroine
  185. hew, hue
  186. hi, high
  187. higher, hire
  188. him, hymn
  189. ho, hoe
  190. hoard, horde
  191. hoarse, horse
  192. holey, holy, wholly
  193. hour, our
  194. idle, idol
  195. in, inn
  196. indict, indite
  197. it's, its
  198. jewel, joule
  199. key, quay
  200. knave, nave
  201. knead, need
  202. knew, new
  203. knight, night
  204. knit, nit
  205. knob, nob
  206. knock, nock
  207. knot, not
  208. know, no
  209. knows, nose
  210. laager, lager
  211. lac, lack
  212. lade, laid
  213. lain, lane
  214. lam, lamb
  215. laps, lapse
  216. larva, lava
  217. lase, laze
  218. law, lore
  219. lay, ley
  220. lea, lee
  221. leach, leech
  222. lead, led
  223. leak, leek
  224. lean, lien
  225. lessen, lesson
  226. levee, levy
  227. liar, lyre
  228. licence, license
  229. licker, liquor
  230. lie, lye
  231. lieu, loo
  232. links, lynx
  233. lo, low
  234. load, lode
  235. loan, lone
  236. locks, lox
  237. loop, loupe
  238. loot, lute
  239. made, maid
  240. mail, male
  241. main, mane
  242. maize, maze
  243. mall, maul
  244. manna, manner
  245. mantel, mantle
  246. mare, mayor
  247. mark, marque
  248. marshal, martial
  249. marten, martin
  250. mask, masque
  251. maw, more
  252. me, mi
  253. mean, mien
  254. meat, meet, mete
  255. medal, meddle
  256. metal, mettle
  257. meter, metre
  258. might, mite
  259. miner, minor, mynah
  260. mind, mined
  261. missed, mist
  262. moat, mote
  263. mode, mowed
  264. moor, more
  265. moose, mousse
  266. morning, mourning
  267. muscle, mussel
  268. naval, navel
  269. nay, neigh
  270. nigh, nye
  271. none, nun
  272. od, odd
  273. ode, owed
  274. oh, owe
  275. one, won
  276. packed, pact
  277. packs, pax
  278. pail, pale
  279. pain, pane
  280. pair, pare, pear
  281. palate, palette, pallet
  282. pascal, paschal
  283. paten, patten, pattern
  284. pause, paws, pores, pours She paused to pour the poor ..
  285. pawn, porn
  286. pea, pee
  287. peace, piece
  288. peak, peek, peke, pique
  289. peal, peel
  290. pearl, purl
  291. pedal, peddle
  292. peer, pier
  293. pi, pie
  294. pica, pika
  295. place, plaice
  296. plain, plane
  297. pleas, please
  298. plum, plumb
  299. pole, poll
  300. poof, pouffe
  301. practice, practise
  302. praise, prays, preys
  303. principal, principle
  304. profit, prophet
  305. quarts, quartz
  306. quean, queen
  307. rain, reign, rein
  308. raise, rays, raze
  309. rap, wrap
  310. raw, roar
  311. read, reed
  312. read, red
  313. real, reel
  314. reek, wreak
  315. rest, wrest
  316. retch, wretch
  317. review, revue
  318. rheum, room
  319. right, rite, wright, write
  320. ring, wring
  321. road, rode
  322. roe, row
  323. role, roll
  324. roo, roux, rue
  325. rood, rude
  326. root, route
  327. rose, rows
  328. rota, rotor
  329. rote, wrote
  330. rough, ruff
  331. rouse, rows
  332. rung, wrung
  333. rye, wry
  334. saver, savour
  335. spade, spayed
  336. sale, sail
  337. sane, seine
  338. satire, satyr
  339. sauce, source
  340. saw, soar, sore
  341. scene, seen
  342. scull, skull
  343. sea, see
  344. seam, seem
  345. sear, seer, sere
  346. seas, sees, seize
  347. sew, so, sow
  348. shake, sheikh
  349. shear, sheer
  350. shoe, shoo
  351. sic, sick
  352. side, sighed
  353. sign, sine
  354. sink, synch
  355. slay, sleigh
  356. sloe, slow
  357. sole, soul
  358. some, sum
  359. son, sun
  360. sort, sought
  361. spa, spar
  362. staid, stayed
  363. stair, stare
  364. stake, steak
  365. stalk, stork
  366. stationary, stationery
  367. steal, steel
  368. stile, style
  369. storey, story
  370. straight, strait
  371. sweet, suite
  372. swat, swot
  373. tacks, tax
  374. tale, tail
  375. talk, torque
  376. tare, tear
  377. taught, taut, tort
  378. te, tea, tee
  379. team, teem
  380. tear, tier
  381. teas, tease
  382. terce, terse
  383. tern, turn
  384. there, their, they're They're on their way there.
  385. threw, through I threw the ball through the window
  386. throes, throws
  387. throne, thrown He was dethroned and thrown out of the palace.
  388. thyme, time
  389. tic, tick
  390. tide, tied
  391. tire, tyre
  392. to, too, two
  393. toad, toed, towed
  394. told, tolled
  395. tole, toll
  396. ton, tun
  397. tor, tore
  398. tough, tuff
  399. troop, troupe
  400. tuba, tuber
  401. vain, vane, vein
  402. vale, veil
  403. vial, vile
  404. wail, wale, whale
  405. wain, wane
  406. waist, waste
  407. wait, weight
  408. waive, wave
  409. wall, waul
  410. war, wore
  411. ware, wear, where
  412. warn, worn
  413. wart, wort
  414. watt, what
  415. wax, whacks
  416. way, weigh, whey
  417. we, wee, whee
  418. weak, week
  419. we'd, weed
  420. weal, we'll, wheel
  421. wean, ween
  422. weather, whether
  423. weaver, weever
  424. weir, we're
  425. were, whirr
  426. wet, whet
  427. wheald, wheeled
  428. which, witch
  429. whig, wig
  430. while, wile
  431. whine, wine
  432. whirl, whorl
  433. whirled, world
  434. whit, wit
  435. white, wight
  436. who's, whose
  437. woe, whoa
  438. wood, would
  439. yaw, yore, your, you're
  440. yoke, yolk
  441. you'll, yule
  1. I can't permit you to park here. You don't have a permit.
  2. Will they increase my salary next year? I'm looking for an increase in salary.
  3. Joy objects to your proposal. Don't treat me as if I were an object.
  4. We've had complaints about your conduct, I'll conduct you to your seat.
  5. This is the entrance to the building. Gloria will entrance you.
  6. Do you want to buy this record. Let me record your voice. I've brought you a present.
  7. please present my compliments to him.
  8. I must protest at your proposal. The proposal didn't go without protest.
  9. I've got an Australian accent. Please accent every syllable.
  10. Our exports have increased this year. We export everything we make.
  11. I'II escort you to your new office. You'll need an escort.

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