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Homophones are words, which have the same pronunciation but different meanings. Read through this article to know more about common homophones and go through the list of homophones.

Common Homophones List

'If you stand at the stair and stare at the picture……….' The words 'stair' and 'stare' in this sentence, belong to the most common, but confusing category in English language. They are homophones - words which have the same pronunciation, but differ in spellings and meanings, as in the case of 'hour and 'our'. They are capable of making you scratch your head in confusion, however erudite you maybe in English language. Regarded as a type of homonym, homophone has its origin in Greek with 'homo' meaning 'same' and 'phone' meaning 'voice or sound'. Make sure you don't get confused between homophones and homonyms. Homonyms are words with same spellings and pronunciations, but different meanings, as is the case with 'fine' (penalty) and 'fine' (feeling okay). You can find innumerable cases of homophones in English language; they exist almost everywhere and in anything which you go through in your day to day life, including newspapers or magazines. These words often confuse the reader but are considered extremely useful in creative literature as they indicate multiple meanings. Go through the following section to 'know' that 'no' concept is too difficult.

Homophones In Sentences
Commonly Used Homophones
Some homophones, which we do not use in everyday language, aren't the ones that concern us. It is the words that are common which create confusion. Words like 'principal/principle', 'freeze/frees' and 'phase/faze' are the ones that confound us thoroughly. Let us have a close look at the most commonly used homophones.
Homophones Vary As Per Accents
Identification of homophones is very important. It is also key, while identifying homophones, that spelling variants will not make homophones which is obvious in the words 'yoghurt' and 'yogurt' in which the same thing is spelled in two different ways. The same rule is applied for 'cookie' and 'cooky'. This is also true for words which have multiple meanings but are considered to be a single word.