What Are Some Examples of Words in an Elementary Homophone List?


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Elementary-level homophones include words such as eight and ate, be and bee, your and you're, and also blue and blew. Most homophones are pairs, but some occur in sets of three or more, such as to, too and two, as well as their, there and they're. Regional dialects affect some pronunciations in homophone pairs, causing them to sound different from one another, including buoy and boy, as well as aunt and ant.

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Homophones are words that sound alike, but have different spellings or meanings. In elementary school, they are typically taught by using both words of a homophone pair in the same sentence, such as, "The boy ate eight jelly beans," or, "I had to wait in line before guessing the pumpkin's weight." In some lessons, a pair of homophones is given, and students place the correct choice into one of two blank spaces within a sentence.

Homophones are not to be confused with homographs. Homographs share identical spellings, but have different definitions, and can also have different pronunciations. "Wind," as in, "Wind the cord so it stays out of the wind," is one use of homographs, along with "live," as in, "The news showed a live broadcast of where the eagles live."

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