Unit 7.1

Homophones

Introduction

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.

Form

Homophones have different spellings, even though they sound in the same way.

Example

There are tons of homophones in English. Here are some examples:

Phonetic transcription Homophones
/wʌn/ one, won
/tuː/ two, to
/fɔː/ four, for
/eɪt/ eight, ate
/jɔ:/ you’re, your
/ðeə/ they’re, their, there
/peə/ pear, pair
/flaʊə/ flour, flower

Use

In spoken language, we can recognise the word we are talking about  by the context of the conversation.

Exercises

External link to Homophones exercises (1190).




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