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Homophones

Homophones are words that sound the same but mean different things and have different spellings.  Some examples of homophones are hair and hare, wood and would, or knot and not. 

Incorrect Example: I bought for chickens at the grocery store.

“For” is a preposition. “Four” is the correct spelling for the number.

Correct Example: I bought four chickens at the grocery store.


Here are some more common homophones:

There, Their, and They’re

There: a location other than “here”

Their: belonging to them

They’re: a contraction of “they are”


Wear, Were, and Where—in most English dialects, “were” sounds different, but mixing these up is a common mistake.

Wear: to use as clothing

Were: plural past tense of the verb “to be”

Where: A question asking for location


You’re and Your

Your: possessive pronoun

You’re: contraction of “you are”


Passed and Past

Past: the time before the present

Passed: past tense of verb “to pass”


Bases and Basis

Basis: foundation for an activity or argument

Bases: plural of “base”


Affect and Effect—these two words have similar meanings, but are different parts of speech

Affect: verb for “to influence”

Effect: noun, synonym for “consequences”