The 10 Most Common Homophones
Do you know what a HOMOPHONE is? No? It’s a word that sounds exactly the same as another one.
Here are the 10 most common homophones in English, you can hear them too with the audio!
10. whether, weather
Let’s go to the beach, whether the weather is good or not.
9. would, wood
These sound like /wʊd/, except for the weak version of ‘would’ which can be said /wəd/.
Would you help me chop this wood?
8. see, sea
Can you see the sea from your window?
7. for, four, fore
These are pronounced /fɔː/, except the weak form of ‘for’, which is /fə/.
A: Who are those prizes for?
B: For the four workers who have really brought our business to the fore.
6. knew, new
I knew these new trousers would rip!
5. here, hear
Can we hear the concert from here?
4. are, our
The strong form of ‘are’ is /ɑː/, and in fast speech ‘our’ is often pronounced the same way. (The weak form of ‘are’ is /ə/ and the slower pronunciation of ‘our’ is /aʊə/).
A: Why are our students so brilliant?
B: Because they just are!
3. no, know
Do you know why there are no good cafes here?
2. there, their, they’re
These are pronounced /ðeə/ except for the weak form of ‘there’, which is /ðə/.
A: They’re having a good time over there!
B: Yes, their villa looks beautiful and the weather is great!
1. to, too, two
These are pronounced /tuː/ except for the weak form of ‘to’, which is /tə/.
A: Are you coming on holiday with us?
B: I’d like to, but two hundred pounds is too much.