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Confusing Homonyms

Homonyms are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings. For example, brake for break, or there for their. The following is a list of commonly confused homonyms:

  • tick—tic

  • piqued—peaked

  • discrete—discreet

  • born—bourn

  • altar—alter

  • caret—carrot

  • yoke—yolk

  • stationary—stationery

  • advise—advice

  • principal—principle

  • cubicle—cubical

  • rein—reign—rain

  • dual—duel

  • council—counsel

  • vice—vise

  • peace—piece

  • tow—toe

  • waved—waived

  • compliment—complement

  • role—roll

  • ringer—wringer

  • loath—loathe

  • mettle—metal

  • breach—breech

  • deserts—desserts

  • led—lead

  • foreword—forward

  • too—to—two



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