What Are the Most Common Homophones?


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Some of the most common homophones include: "affect/effect," "then/than," "accept/except," "their/they're/there," "to/too/two," "its/it's," "lay/lie," "buy/by," "here/hear" and "weather/whether." From the Greek words for "same sound," homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.

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Homophones such as "to/two/too" and "there/their/they're" can be difficult to remember. "To" is used as a preposition, as in: "We are going to the store." "Too" means "also." It can also be used as an adverb meaning "excessively." "Two" is a number.

The word "they're" is the contraction form of "they are," while "there" is generally used as a pronoun or adverb and "their" is a pronoun. An example of a sentence with "there" as a pronoun is: "There will be a lot to eat at the party tonight," while the sentence "Put it over there," uses "there" as an adverb.

In addition to homophones, the English language contains homonyms and homographs. Homonym is an umbrella term for words that share pronunciation and spelling but mean different things. An example of this is the word "bear," which can be either a noun or a verb depending on context. Homographs share the same spelling but have a different pronunciation and meaning. An example of a sentence with a homograph would be: "The soldier deserted the desert."

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