The Complete List of
English Spelling Rules
this series of lessons, you will learn useful spelling rules
Lesson 2 talks
a free worksheet + answer key.
are words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but
are pronounced in the same way.
We can see a good example in the picture above. The name of the letter b
sounds the same as
the insect called a bee
are many examples of homophones in English, and you will find more of
them as you continue to study. In this lesson, we will look at some
For example, this is a cute teddy bear
We pronounce this word with a long a
In this picture, the man's shoulders are bare
This means there is nothing covering them. Because of the "magic" e
we learned about
in lesson 1, this word is also pronounced with a long a
are homophones. They are spelled differently and have different
meanings, but are pronounced in the same way.
Here are some more common examples of homophones with the "magic" e
The words in the left column have a "magic" e
, and the words in
the right column are pronounced in the same way. But not all homophone
pairs have a "magic" e
For example, here are three very common words that all sound the same,
but have different meanings:
- to (a preposition)
(the number 2)
(a word that means "also")
There are two
men in this picture. They are very happy to
see each other. They want to
say hello. They will hug each other, too
As you know, it is important to use a good dictionary
to check the pronunciation and meaning of new words that you learn. You
can also make your own list of homophones that you have learned.
To get started, here are some more common examples you should practice:
Henry does not have another cent
lots of letters
There is a big sale
at the store. You can use a ship to sail
on the ocean.
Some people need glasses to see
Erica loves the
beach and the sea
John loves his new
No one knew
what happened to the chair.
will see many more examples as you continue to learn English. Look at
the worksheet for this lesson to see many more homophone pairs.
So, let's review what we have learned about homophones in English:
- They are words that are spelled differently.
- They have different meanings.
- But they are pronounced the same way.
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