What Are Some Examples of Homophone Pairs?


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Some examples of homophone pairs include ate and eight, blue and blew, and hour and our. Homophones are two words that sound identical, but have different meanings and different spellings. Homophones composed of multiple words or phrases are called oronyms, an example of which is "ice scream" and "I scream."

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Writers often use homophones when creating puns, writing poetry or using other forms of wordplay. Most people don't give homophones a second thought, but they are more common than many realize.

The English language is full of homophones. Some common ones include:

  • Alter and altar
  • Effect and affect
  • Ark and arc
  • Fowl and foul
  • Plumb and plum
  • Flee and flea
  • Air and heir
  • Plain and plane
  • Pea and pee
  • Flower and flour
  • Road and rode
  • Idle and idol.
  • Homophones always have different spellings and meanings, which make them different from homographs. Homographs are words that are spelled the same but have two meanings, origins and, in some cases, two different pronunciations. Examples of homographs include the word "does" which can be used as "He does need to go to the store" and "Does are female deer." "Wind" is another homograph. It can be used in "Wind up the toy" and "The wind is blowing on her face."

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