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Homonyms - English Grammar - English Free Test

Homonyms - English Grammar - English Free Test


Homonyms generally include two categories of word types: homophones and homographs.

  • Homographs are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.
  • Homophones are words that sound the same when you pronounce them, but have different meanings.

This list contains both homophones and homographs.

ade - drink type, as in lemonade

aid - to help or assist
aide - assistant

affect - change
effect - result or consequence

air - atmosphere (the stuff we breathe)
err - to make a mistake

aisle - walkway
I'll - I will
isle - island

allowed - permitted
aloud - out loud

ant - picnic pest
aunt - relative, as in your mom's sister

arc - curve
ark - Noah's boat

ate - chewed up and swallowed
eight - number after seven

bare - uncovered
bear - grizzly animal

berry - fruit from a bush
bury - to put underground

base - bottom part
bass - deep or low

be - to exist
bee - buzzing insect

beach - sandy shore
beech - type of tree

beat - to pound
beet - type of edible plant

berth - tie up
birth - to be born

bite - nibble
byte - 8 bits (computer data)

blew - past of blow
blue - color of ocean

boar - pig
bore - not interesting bore - to drill

borough - area or district
burrow - dig through
burro - small donkey

bough - branch
bow - bend or curtsy

buoy - floater
boy - young man

brake - stop pedal
break - smash

bread - bakery food
bred - form of breed

broach - mention
brooch - pin

brows - eyebrows
browse - look around

buy - purchase
by - beside
by - originating from,BR. bye - short for goodbye

cell - compartment
sell - vend

cent - penny coin
sent - did send

cereal - breakfast food
serial - sequential

Chile - country in South America
chili - bean stew
chilly - frosty

chord - musical tone
cord - rope

cite - quote
site - location
sight - view

close - opposite of open
clothes - clothing

complement - enhance; go together
compliment - praise

council - committee
counsel - guidance

creak - squeak
creek - stream of water

crews - gangs
cruise - ride on a boat

dear - darling
deer - woodland animal

dew - morning mist
do - operate
due - payable

die - cease to exist
dye - color

doe - female dear
dough - uncooked bread

dual - double
duel - battle

ewe - female sheep
you - second-person personal pronoun

eye - sight organ
I - me

fair - equal
fare - price

fairy - elflike creature with wings
ferry - boat

faze - impact
phase - stage

feat - achievement
feet - plural of foot

fir - type of tree
fur - animal hair

flea - small biting insect
flee - run

flew - did fly
flu - illness

flour - powdery, ground up grain
flower - blooming plant

for - on behalf of
fore - front
four - one more than three

forth - onward
fourth - number four

knew - did know
new - not old

gorilla - big ape
guerrilla - warrior

grease - fat
Greece - country in Europe

groan - moan
grown - form of grow

hair - head covering
hare - rabbit-like animal

hall - passageway
haul - tow

halve - cut in two parts
have - possess

hay - animal food
hey - interjection to get attention

heal - mend
heel - back of foot

hi - hello
high - up far

hoarse - croaky
horse - riding animal

hole - opening
whole - entire

holey - full of holes
holy - divine
wholly - entirely

hour - sixty minutes
our - belonging to us

knead - massage
need - desire

knight - feudal horseman
night - evening

knot - tied rope
not - negative

know - have knowledge
no - opposite of yes

lead - metal
led - was the leader

lessen - make smaller
lesson - class

loan - lend
lone - solitary

made - did make
maid - servant

mail - postage
male - opposite of female

marry - to wed
merry - very happy

meat - animal protein
meet - encounter

none - not any
nun - woman who takes special vows

oar - boat paddle
or - otherwise
ore - mineral

oh - expression of surprise or awe
owe - be obligated

one - single
won - did win

overdo - do too much
overdue - past due date

pail - bucket
pale - not bright

pain - hurt
pane - window glass

peace - calm
piece - segment

peak - highest point
peek - glance

plain - ordinary
plane - flight machine plane - flat surface

pole - post
poll - survey

poor - not rich
pour - make flow

pray - implore God
prey - quarry

principal - most important
principle - belief

rain - water from sky
rein - bridle

rap - tap
wrap - drape around

real - factual
reel - roll

right - correct; not left
write - scribble

ring - encircle
wring - squeeze

role - function
roll - rotate

rose - flower
rows - lines

sail - move by wind power
sale - bargain price

scene - landscape
seen - viewed

sea - ocean segment
see - observe with eyes

seam - joining edge
seem - appear

sew - connect with thread
so - as a result
sow - plant

soar - ascend
sore - hurt place

sole - single
soul - essence

some - a few
sum - amount

steal - swipe
steel - alloy

tail - animal's appendage
tale - story

their - belonging to them
there - at that place
they're - they are

to - toward
too - also

toe - foot appendage
tow - pull along

vary - differ
very - much

wail - howl
whale - huge swimming mammal

waist - area below ribs
waste - squander

wait - kill time
weight - measurable load

war - battle
wore - did wear

warn - caution
worn - used

way - path
weigh - measure mass

we - us
wee - tiny

weak - not strong
week - period of seven days

weather - climate
whether - if

which - that
witch - sorcerer

your - belonging to you
you're - you are

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