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Did you know about these similar-sounding words with different meanings in English?

A little mind-boggling but there is a lot to learn

In the movies and most often in reality, for Indians and compared to other specific language-speaking people, English has always come across as a funny language. For simple reasons, many words sound similar but have different meanings. These are known as homophones, which are words that sound the same but are different in meaning or spelling. Then there are Homographs which are spelt the same but differ in meaning or pronunciation. And there also exist Homonyms that can be either or both. So here is a list of words that are Homophones.

Accept – take in and accept – other than

Air – atmosphere, Ere – before, Heir – one who inherits property

Aisle – a passage, I’ll – contraction of I will and Isle – island

Allusion – an indirect reference; Illusion: false appearance

Altar – table in a church and Alter – to change

Advice – guidance and Advice – recommend

Band – a ring, something that binds, Band – a group and Banned – prohibited

Bare – uncovered, Bear – large animal, and Bear – support, yield

Beat – to overcome, Beat – exhausted, and Beet – a plant with red roots

Cite – quote, Site – location, and Sight – view

Complement – enhance or go together and Compliment – praise

Conduct – behaviour, and Conduct – to lead

Council – committee and Counsel – guidance

Dear – darling and Deer- animal

Desert – to abandon, Desert – dry land, and Dessert – after-dinner treat

Dew – morning mist, Do – operate, and Due – payable

Die – cease to exist, and Dye – colour

Discreet – tactful and Discrete – distinct

Doe – FEMA and  Dough-uncooked cooked bread

Dual – double and Duel – battle

Elicit – draw out and Illicit – illegal

Eminent – distinguished and Imminent – soon

Fair – equal and Fare – price

Fairy – elf-like creature with wings and a Ferry – boat

Faze – impact and Phase – stage

Feat – achievement and Feet – plural of foot

Forth – onward and Fourth – number four

Foreword – introduction to a book and Forward – advancing

Gorilla – big ape and Guerrilla – warrior

Hall – passageway and Haul – tow

Hay – animal food and Hey – interjection to get attention

Heal – mend and Heel – back of the foot

Hear – to listen and Here – at this place

Hole – opening  and Whole – entire

The list of such words is endless for the reason that the English language has existed for centuries. And over the centuries of mankind, the language has undergone multiple changes.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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