70 most commonly used homophones in English

70 most commonly used homophones in English

Many times people get confused with some English words with their pronunciations. Say, for example, air - heir, eye - I, etc. The spellings of these words are different, but the production of sound is exactly the same when you pronounce them.

Yes, you are right that I am talking about Homophones!

By the way, what are homophones?


Definition of Homophones

Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling are called homophones. 

For example, new and knew, hymn and him, etc.

There are said to be about 12,000+ homophones in English. But the fact we do not use all of them in our day-to-day conversations. And it is not necessary to know all of them unless you are going to publish a book on "the complete list of homophones in English"!

In this post, I will take you through the list of the most commonly used 70 homophones in our day-to-day communications.

You could please share this list of homophones with your students, friends, and colleagues, etc. They will help you in speaking individual words with the correct pronunciation.

 Please note that the homophones listed here are based on British English.

70 most commonly used homophones in English

1

Air

Heir

2

Aisle

Isle

3

Ante-

Anti

4

Eye

I

5

Bare

Bear

6

Be

Bee

7

Brake

Break

8

Buy

By

9

Cell

Sell

10

Cent

Scent

11

Cereal

Serial

12

Coarse

Course

13

Complement

Compliment

14

Dam

Damn

15

Dear

Deer

16

Die

Dye

17

Fair

Fare

18

Fir

Fur

19

Flour

Flower

20

For

Four

21

Hair

Hare

22

Heal

Heel

23

Hear

Here

24

Him

Hymn

25

Hole

Whole

26

Hour

Our

27

Idle

Idol

28

In

Inn

29

Knight

Night

30

Knot

Not

31

Know

No

32

Made

Maid

33

Mail

Male

34

Meat

Meet

35

Morning

Mourning

36

None

Nun

37

Ore

Or

38

One

Won

39

Pair

Pear

40

Peace

Piece

41

Plain

Plane

42

Poor

Pour

43

Pray

Prey

44

Principal

Principle

45

Profit

Prophet

46

Real

Reel

47

Right

Write

48

Root

Route

49

Sail

Sale

50

Sea

See

51

Seam

Seem

52

Sight

Site

53

Sew

So, sow

54

Shore

Sure

55

Sole

Soul

56

Some

Sum

57

Son

Sun

58

Stair

Stare

59

Stationary

Stationery

60

Steal

Steel

61

Suite

Sweet

62

Tail

Tale

63

Their

There

64

To

Too/two

65

Toe

Tow

66

Waist

Waste

67

Wait

Weight

68

Way

Weigh

69

Weak

Week

70

Wear

where


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