A homophone means two or more words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins or spellings. "Homo" means "same" and "phones" mean "sound". Hence homophones are words that produce the same sound when pronounced.
1. know - no
2. bear - bare
3. heal - heel
4. made - maid
5. pair - pear
It is important to understand and practise homophones because the incorrect usage of such words can change the meaning of the whole sentence.
Let us check the meanings of some homophones.
1. break - brake:
Break - A pause in work, for coffee, etc. Brake - A device for slowing down a vehicle.
We had a tea break for ten minutes.
I did not take my car because the brakes had failed.
2. heal - heel:
Heal - Recover to being healthy; Heel - Back part of the human foot.
The injury will take some time to heal.
I had injured my heel during the training.
3. pair - pear:
Pair: A set of two things regarded as one; Pear - A fruit.
I had a pair of shoes in my bag.
It was a pear-shaped bag that I lost.
A list of commonly used homophones can be found here.
Some homophones from the lesson are:
Words from the lesson