Use of Homophones in Sentences

Homophones are the words that possess the same pronunciation, but different meaning as well as spelling. Generally, they come in a group, or sometimes, these words can be three or four. It is essential to learn the most common homophones to use these words appropriately in writing. Keep in mind a wrong word can change the entire meaning of a sentence. An example can make it clear.

  • Buy- to purchase something
  • Bye- goodbye
  • Scent- perfume
  • Cent- copper penny
  • Aisle- the walkway
  • isle- island
  • Accept- receive
  • Except- exclude
  • Weather- atmosphere
  • Whether- It is a conjunction and it is used while including choices in the sentences
  • Made- created, built
  • Maid- servant

Examples of some Homophones used in the sentences:

  • New (recent, brand-new) –I have bought a new red color top yesterday.
    Knew (past form of the verb ‘know’) – I knew that Jim’s birthday is in this month.
  • Pear (a kind of fruit) – I love to have pear as it is juicy.
    Pair (two of something, couple) – I have a nice pair of red shoes.
  • Sea (large body of water) -It is always refreshing to spend some days near the blue sea.
    See (visualize, look at) – I must see both the sides of any change in education.
  • Be (happen)-My brother wants to be a mythological writer.
    Bee (honey bee, stinging insect) – Pooh eats honey and hence, bees are always around him.
  • Hair (haircut, fur) – She has nice and silky long hair.
    Hare (one kind of animal) – Hare is a fast-running animal with long ears.
  • Right (fair, good) – According to her mother, she is always right.
    Write (draft, create) – She has to write 3 articles per day.

Find the differences between there/ their/ they’re

  • There- Please keep the books there.
  • Their- Their family is quite liberal.
  • They’re (they are) – After school, they are going to see the football match today.
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Difference between Homonyms and Homophones

Homonyms are the words that have the same spelling and same pronunciation, but different meanings. These words are also known as multiple meaning words. An example can make it clearer.

Example:

Bear (an animal) – Bears are one kind of mammals and they have different classifications.
Bear (tolerate)- Bear can bear the cold temperatures.
Left (opposite of right)- Go straight and then turn left to reach the park.
Left (departed from) – The red car took left and then left the highway.
Suit (fit) – Wear something that suits you.
Suit (costume)- Wear a new suit for the reunion party.

On the other hand, Homophones are the words that sound alike but they have different spellings as well as different meanings. However, Homophones are a kind of Homonyms. Moreover, both of these are linguistic terms. Students must understand these two to use words appropriately.

Example:

See- look, visualize
Sea- lake, ocean
Steel-metal made from iron
Steal-to take something from someone
Pray-urge
Prey- target of attack

Here, the pronunciation is same, but the spelling and meanings are different.

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