What are homonyms?
Homonyms include two sub categories: Homographs and Homophones
♦ Homographs are words with the same spelling but a different meaning.
♦ Homophones are words with the same sound but have different meanings.
This list of frequently-used homonyms below, with examples of their use,
is designed to help English learners.
|air||heir||I'm going out for
some fresh air;
George is the heir to the throne.
|allowed||aloud||Children are not allowed in the
Could you read the letter aloud please?
littlel boy ate all the biscuits.
There were eight biscuits on the plate.
Keep them together with a
A band of thieves arrived in the area.
|bank||bank||My salary is paid into my
I often walk along the bank of the river.
The floor was bare, with not even a rug.
Polar bears can be found in the Arctic Circle.
|bark||bark||Some dogs bark
Cork comes from the bark of a tree.
|bat||bat||You need a bat to play baseball.
A bat flies at night.
bread to make sandwiches.
Charles was born and bred in England.
actors bowed to the audience.
A bough of the tree nearly touched the ground.
|cell||cell||sell||The human body is composed of millions of cells.
The prisoner was kept in a cell.
The shop sells fruit and vegetables.
|cent||sent /scent||There are 100
cents in a dollar.
His mother sent him to buy the newspaper.
Do you like the scent of lavender?
Alex has cereal for breakfast.
Serials are popular on TV.
Close the door please.
The cinema is close to the church.
|coarse||course||He wore a
coarse woollen jacket.
She is taking a course in Chinese.
The female deer is called a doe.
|die||dye||It's very sad to
I'm going to dye my hair red.
is the double of four.
He ate everything on his plate.
Our teacher is fair. She treats
us all equally.
The weather was quite fair all week.
How much is the bus fare?
Did the Rolling Stones have many fans?
It's so hot! Please turn on the fan.
|fine||fine||My grandmother is
feeling fine today.
Jack got a fine for illegal parking.
|flea||flee||Cats and dogs often get
Hundreds of refugees are trying to flee the country.
|flower||flour||My mother has a variety of flowers in her garden.
Flour is used to make cakes and pastries.
great to see you!
Grate cheese over the dish, then put it in the oven.
|ground||ground||Julie loves the smell
of ground coffee.
The boy fell on the ground and hurt his knee.
|hair||hare||She keeps her
A hare is a bit like a rabbit with longer ears.
|hall||haul||Let's meet in the
entrance hall in 30 mins.
I had to haul my suitcase up 3 flights of stairs!
Each plane is in a separate hangar.
Here's a hanger to hang up your coat.
|heal||heel||His wounds took quite
some time to heal.
I can't walk in high heels!
|hear||here||Did you hear
what I said?
Come here and look at this photograph!
|hole||whole||The old man's sweater
was full of holes.
Alex ate the whole bar of chocolate!
I'd open the door if I had the key.
A crowd on the quay waited for the boat to arrive.
The Knights of the Round Table.
They worked day and night to finish the project.
"Do you know that man?"
"No, I don't."
to me. Tell me the truth!"
"I'm going to lie down and have a rest."
|male||The contract will be
sent by mail.
Human beings are either male or female.
|mean||mean||What does 'homonym'
He's wealthy but mean; he won't make a donation.
|meat||meet||Meat is an excellent source of protein.
I suggest we meet at 12.30 for lunch tomorrow.
|none||nun||We've eaten all the apples. There are
A nun takes religious vows and lives in a convent.
have one sweet only.
Jack won the tennis match last week.
|pail||pale||She used a pail of water to wash the dishes.
"You look a bit pale. Are you feeling ok?"
a pair of scissors to cut the
In the fruit bowl there were apples and pears.
|peace||piece||After years of civil war the
people wanted peace.
"Would you like a piece of chocolate?"
|plain||plain||plane||She looked elegant in a
plain simple dress.
His disapproval was plain to see.
The plane to London left at 3 p.m.
|pupil||pupil||The teacher reminded the
pupils to arrive on time.
The pupil is in the centre of the iris of the eye.
horse won the race on Saturday?"
People of all races can live in harmony here.
|read||reed||He finds it difficult to
read without his glasses.
Reeds are grass-like plants that grow near the water.
Your answer is correct!"
"I'm going to write a letter of application for the job."
|ring||ring||The young couple exchanged
The children sat in a ring around the teacher.
The church bells ring for the morning service.
|role||roll||George Clooney played the
main role in the film.
They bought 3 rolls of wallpaper.
Don't let the ball roll across the road.
root of a plant is in the soil.
They looked for the straightest route home.
|row||row||We got seats in the front
Julie is not happy; she had a row with her boyfriend.
|sail||sale||Jack got in his boat to
sail across the bay.
The salesman gets a commission on each sale.
Dolphins live in the sea.
Look! Can you see the dolphins?
button fell off my coat, so I had to sew
it back on.
Every spring he sows flower seeds in his garden.
|sight||site||My grandfather can't see
well. His sight is
The town authorities have bought a site for a school.
|sole||sole||soul||There were holes in the
soles of his shoes.
He was the sole survivor of the plane crash.
Christians believe that the soul exists after death.
fine English difficult, others find it easy.
The sum of 2 and 2 is 4.
is called Tom; their daughter is called Eva.
People wear suncream when they lie in the sun.
from one floor to another.
It's very rude to stare at other people.
|stake||stake||steak||A strong wooden stick can be
called a stake.
Drive carefully; your life is at stake.
His favourite meal is steak and chips.
|steal||steel||It's dishonest to
steal. You must give that back!
Steel is used to make vehicles and machinery.
|suite||sweet||A set of rooms in a hotel is
called a suite.
Sugar has a sweet taste.
|tail||tale||Cats and dogs have
Children love listening to fairy tales.
|tear||tear||The story was so sad a
tear rolled down her cheek.
Be careful not to tear the newspaper.
|tip||tip||He gave the waiter a
Do you need some advice? I can give you a tip.
|toast||toast||I usually have tea and
toast for breakfast.
Guests raise their glasses to toast the bridal couple.
|toe||tow||Each foot has five
The police will tow your car away if you park there.
|vain||vain||vein||She's a vain
person who has a high opinion of
Our efforts were in vain; the project failed.
Veins in the body carry blood to the heart.
|waist||waste||She wore a red belt around
Turn off the tap. We mustn't waste water.
to wait 10 minutes for the bus.
If you eat too much you'll put on weight.
|way||weigh||Can you tell me the
way to the station please?
That looks heavy. How much does it weigh?
mother still feels weak after
There are seven days in a week.
Which do you prefer, the blue
one or the green one?
In fairy stories a witch has evil powers.
can't go windsurfing if there's no wind.
I'm going to wind a bandage around your arm.
wound up the old alarm clock and
got into bed.
Several bullet wounds were found on his body.
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