4 Common Homophones in English.

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings/meanings.

Homophones sometimes can make you confused. The best way to avoid getting confused by these homophones while speaking or listening is to try to get the whole scenario.

There are many sets of homophones in English, but here are four most common homophones.

1. Heir/Air

/er/

*Heir (n): A person who has the legal right to receive somebody’s property, money or title when that person dies.
Ex: Despite having a large family, they still had no son and heir.

*Air (n): the mixture of gases that surrounds the earth and that we breathe.
Ex: Put your hand in the air!

2. Die/Dye

/daɪ/

*Die (v): to stop living or existing, either suddenly or slowly.
Ex: Her husband died suddenly last week.

*Dye (v): to change the colour of something using a special liquid.
Ex: He dyed his hair black.

3. Weather/Whether

/ˈweðər/

*Weather (n): the condition of the atmosphere at a particular place and time, such as temperature, and if there is wind, rain, sun, etc.
Ex: The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, so take appropriate clothing.

*Whether (conj): used to express a doubt or choice between two possibilities/used to show that something is true in either of two cases.
Ex: I wasn’t sure whether you’d like it.

4. Buy/By

/baɪ/

*Buy (v): to get something by paying money for it.
Ex:  I bought it from a friend for £10.

*By (prep): used to show the person or thing that does something/used to show how something is done.
Ex: May I pay by credit card?

 

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