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It’s pretty common to hear a word and find out later that it has a different spelling or meaning. It’s also pretty embarrassing if you’re caught on that mishap, especially if you’re writing it professionally and distributing it as a PDF. But sometimes, you just can’t help it because there are really some words that sound the same. These confusing words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings have a name and it's called homophones.

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What are homophones?

According to the Oxford dictionary, homophones are “two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling.” Each set of words provide the same sound or group of sounds but aren’t necessarily synonymous. For example, the words new and knew both sounds the same but the meaning of the first word connotes being the first time to exist while the second word means being aware of. Both have different spellings and different meanings but they are both pronounced the same way, which can lead to confusion and misinterpretation if not used correctly.

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Correct yourself!

In the English dictionary, there are plenty of homophone pairs that may really confuse an individual so to help you correct your content and have the perfect PDF, we’ve compiled a list of common words that you may possibly encounter. These well-known words can confuse you or your reader so be sure to use the right one!

 

Word

Meaning

Homophone

Meaning

Air

Gaseous substance

Heir

A person entitled to property

Aisle

Passage

Isle

Small island

Ante-

Before

Anti-

Against

Eye

Part of the body to see

I

Referring to self

Bear

Animal

Bare

Without addition

Be

Take place

Bee

Insect

Break

To separate

Brake

To stop

Buy

Spending

By

Identifying person

Cell

Smallest structural unit in an organism

Sell

Giving in exchange for money

Cent

Money

Scent

Something you smell

Cereal

Food

Serial

Identifying number

Coarse

Rough

Course

Path or way

Complement

What completes it

Compliment

To praise

Dam

A barrier

Damn

Condemned

Dear

Regarded with deep affection

Deer

An animal

Die

End of life

Dye

Substance to color

Fair

Equal

Fare

Fee of passengers

Fir

Tree

Fur

Soft hair of animals

For

Used to indicate who is given

Four

Number

Hair

Part of the body

Hare

Animal

Heal

Cure

Heel

Back part of foot

Hear

Be told

Here

Place or position

Him

Boy person

Hymn

Religious song

Hole

Hallow place

Whole

Entire/all of it

Hour

Time

Our

Belonging

Idle

Avoiding work

Idol

Admired person

In

Enclosed around

Inn

Establishment for accommodation

Knight

Soldier in armor

Night

Period of darkness

Knot

Fasten

Not

Negative clause

Know

Aware

No

Negatiev response

Made

Past tense of make

Maid

Person who cleans

Mail

Letters and packages

Male

Man / Boy

Meat

Flesh

Meet

Organized event

Morning

Time between midnight and noon

Mourning

Sad

None

Nothing

Nun

Member of religious group

Oar

Used to row a boat

Or

Linking alternatives

One

Number

Won

Success

Pair

Two

Pear

Fruit

Peace

Freedom from disturbance

Piece

A part

Plain

Not decorated

Plane

Airborne object

Poor

Lacking money

Pour

Flow

Pray

Solemn request

Prey

Animal that is hunted

Principal

First and important

Principle

Foundation for system of belief

Profit

Financial gain

Prophet

Teacher

Real

Existing

Reel

A cylinder where things are wound

Right

Correct / position

Write

Mark on a surface

Sail

Wind catching apparatus

Sale

Item in exchange for money

Sea

Water

See

Visual representation

Seam

A line on fabric when sewn together

Seem

Given the impression

Sight

Seeing

Site

Area or ground

Sew

Join

So

An adverb or conjunction

Sole

Part of foot

Soul

Spiritual

Some

Unspecified amount

Sum

Total

Son

Male child

Sun

A Atar

Stair

Set of steps

Stare

To look

Stationary

Not moving

Stationery

Paper

Steal

Get without permission

Steel

A strong alloy

Suite

A set of rooms

Sweet

Sugary taste

Tail

Part of an animal

Tale

Story

Their

Belonging

There

Place or position

To

In the direction of

Too

Excessive

Toe

Part of a foot

Tow

To pull a vehicle

Waist

Part of a body below the ribs

Waste

Excess without purpose or trash

Wait

Delay action

Weight

Body mass

Way

Path

Weigh

Find out how heavy

Weak

Lacking power

Week

Period of seven days

Wear

To have on a body

Where

Place or position

 

So now that you’ve actually read through the whole article, you can now say you can understand and create more effective PDF documents!

 

 

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