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Commonly misspelled homophones

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Commonly misspelled homophones

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There are several words that sound the same when spoken aloud yet have different meanings. These are known as homophones. In this summary, you will learn the most commonly misspelled homophones.



Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same when spoken but that have different spellings and different meanings. Sometimes there can be three words that sound the same yet all mean different things.



Commonly misspelled homophones

Some homophones are harder than others to remember. Here are some of the most commonly misspelled homophones.


buy

by

bye

I like to buy new toys. 

I walk by the park every day. 

She waved bye as she left.

two

to

too

We have two cats at home.

I gave it to you yesterday. (preposition)

We are going to go. (infinitive form of a verb)

He did too little. (express quantity)

I forgot to do my homework too. (meaning 'as well', 'also')

there

their

they're

There are five dogs. 

I took their cat home with me. (belonging to them)

They're very big and loud. (contraction of 'they are')



you're

your

You're a student at my school. (contraction of 'you are')

Your mum is very kind. (belonging to you)

it's

its

It's very hot outside. (contraction of 'it is')

The table has lost one of its legs. (belongs to it)

whether

weather

I asked whether they have any orange juice.

The weather is hot and humid today. 

here

hear

My family has lived here for ten years.

I can't hear well in my left ear. 

hour

our

It took over an hour to walk home.

I took our dog for a walk. 


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