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16 Jul

The Most Common Homophones

You are writing the initial chapter of your book on Microsoft Word. Intermittently, a red squiggly line appears under a misspelt word. Immediately, it is corrected and you let out a sigh of relief.

Now, rewind back. You are writing the initial chapter of your book on Microsoft Word. However, a helpful red line doesn’t appear under each misspelt word. Why? Because each misspelt word is a homophone. According to Oxford Dictionaries a homophone is

“each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling (e.g. new and knew)”.

Just to let you know – we like helping people – so we have compiled a list of the most common homophones that confuse people.

Two – To
Here – Hear
There – Their
Week – Weak
Sea – See
Maid – Made
Pair – Pear
Saw –Sore
Cheque – Check
Wood – Would
Through – Threw
Hire – Higher
Fined – Find
Waist – Waste
Poor – Paw
Knew – New
Court – Caught

We hope this list of homophones helps you in your writing. Remember, we can proofread all your written work for an affordable price!