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200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (A - B)

A List of Easily Confused Words

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Homonyms, homophones, and homographs are words that are easily confused because they look alike or sound alike (or both) but have different meanings. These charts--which list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs--should help you recognize the differences between many commonly confused words.

  1. accept/except to buy/by/bye (below)
  2. capital/capitol to eminent/imminent (page two)
  3. fair/fare to lie/lye (page three)
  4. meat/meet/mete to role/roll (page four)
  5. scene/seen to whine/wine (page five)

Follow the links below for examples and expanded definitions of the commonly confused words.

Homonyms, Homophones, & Homographs (A - B)

accept - take in except - other than
ad - advertisement add - join, combine
advice - guidance advise - recommend
aid - assist, assistance aide - one who gives assistance
ail - to suffer poor health ale - a beverage
air - atmosphere ere - before heir - one who inherits property
aisle - a passage I'll - contraction of I will isle - island
allusion - an indirect reference illusion - false appearance
altar - table in a church alter - to change
ate - past tense of eat eight - the number 8
bail - to clear water bail - release of a prisoner bale - a large bundle
band - a ring, something that binds band - a group banned - prohibited
bare - uncovered bear - large animal bear - support, yield
bases - starting points bases - four stations on a baseball field basis - a basic principle
beat - to strike, overcome beat - exhausted beet - a plant with red roots
blew - past tense of blow blue - the color
bread - baked food item bred - produced
buy - purchase by - near, through bye - goodbye
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