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

/weðə/

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

/siː/

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

/njuː/

I knew these new trousers would rip!

5. here, hear

/hɪə/

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

/nəʊ/

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.