Doesn’t this happen, that you are so good with your hold on the English language, and yet sometimes, even the basic spellings confuse you? For example, you wrote something, and suddenly you wonder whether you had written ‘wait’ instead of weight. Even though these homophones words are elementary, one could get confused in the flow of writing.
Such words, that sound the same, but have different meanings and spellings, are called Homophones. We believe that you should know about some homophones words, and practice using them in sentences regularly.
Let’s take a look at some homophones that every English speaker should know to avoid basic errors.
Idle V/S Idol
Idle means when someone or something sit motionless while ‘Idol’ means a statue. For example, “The idol inside the Tibetan temple was beautiful. I sat there idle staring at it for hours! “
Complement V/S Compliment
Even though very similar, both these words from the homophones list have widely different meanings. ‘Complement’ means to enhance or add more meaning to something else. ‘Compliment’ means to appreciate something or someone. For example, “Anne received a huge compliment from her boss in front of all her colleagues. Her proud smile complemented the vibrant colored clothes she wore that day.”
Accept V/S Except
The word ‘accept’ means to take something while ‘except’ means to exclude something. Weirdly, these words have opposite meanings but sound almost the same, which is why people mix their usage. For example, “You will have to accept that you will be able to thrive in all areas except in accounts because it is not your forte!”
Weather V/S Whether
These homophones examples stumble a lot of people for they are incredibly similar in spellings, and sound absolutely the same. ‘Weather’ is used to talk about the daily climate, while ‘whether’ is used to discuss options. For example, “The weather outside is very hot today. I am not sure whether we will be able to walk till the stadium in this heat.
Heel V/S Heal
This is the thing about the English language; see, now wouldn’t one get confused with such spellings without complete knowledge and practice? ‘Heel’ is the back portion of our foot, whereas, ‘heal’ means to feel better from an ailment or disease. For example, “I had to undergo surgery on my heel last week because of the accident. It will take me two more weeks to heal and walk without pain.
Medal V/s Meddle
This one may seem new, but it has been in the homophones dictionary since a while now. A ‘medal’ is something one wins after a competition, but, ‘meddle’ means to interfere or mess into someone else’s matters. For example, I have put in a lot of hard work to win the gold medal in tomorrow’s competition. Please do not meddle with my schedule and diet today!”
Build V/s Billed
Many people mix these words up during usage since they sound the same. ‘Build’ is to make or construct something while ‘billed’ means to charge someone for something. For example, “It took the construction workers one year to build this house. The builder billed me a very nominal amount for this project.
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Fourth V/S Forth
We all know what ‘fourth’ means, it is assigning something to the number four. ‘Forth,’ on the other hand, means talking about something that would occur ahead in time or bringing something ahead. For example, “Jonathan stood fourth in the university. Henceforth, he will have to put in some more efforts to come first.”
Genes V/S Jeans
Jeans are what we wear as a bottom clothing, but several people mix it with genes’ which don’t mean the same. ‘Genes’ are the genetics passed on to us in heredity. For example, ‘Mary has her mother’s skinny genes. She can fit into small size jeans at any age and at any time. She is lucky that ways.”
Find V/s Fined
So similar, aren’t they? Both have no similarity as far as their meaning is concerned. Find means to discover something and ‘fined’ means to charge someone for breaking a rule. For example, “If I find you speeding on this road again, I assure you that you will be fined with a heavy amount.”
If you enjoyed reading this article, then you will doubly enjoy our next one because we have more homophones words included there. Keep watching our space for more and let not these confusing words steal the thunder of your language.
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