Very Confusing Words!

Some words sound the same but mean different things, these special words are called HOMOPHONES – this can be very confusing! Can you think of some of these words? Below is a multiple choice quiz – select the correct word to go in the space.

  1. TO or TWO or TOO

If we go                 the beach, would you like to come               ?  

  1. WHETHER or WEATHER

I am going                        you like it or not!

  1. THERE or THEIR or THEY’RE

I shall put                 parcels over

  1. HERE or HEAR

I come                   because I like to                 the latest gossip!

  1. KNOW or NO

There is                 paper left in the printer! Did you               that?

  1. WOOD or WOULD

                 you like to come to the party with us?

  1. WRITE or RIGHT

I need to                 a letter to the bank

  1. CHECK or CHEQUE

I need to find out if he has cashed the

  1. FOUR or FOR or FORE

The chair is reserved                 customers

  1. SON or SUN

The                   is shining it’s a beautiful day

  1. KNIGHT or NIGHT

At 3am it is usually dark because it is the middle of the

Here are some more examples and a list of their meanings...

Homophones

Examples

allowed
aloud

You are not allowed to smoke until you are 16.
She spoke her thoughts aloud (to say something so it can be heard).

bear
bare

A bear is a large furry animal.
She walked on the beach with bare feet.

bored
board

To be bored is to have lost interest in something.
A board is a flat piece of wood.

break
brake

If you break something you damage it.
When you brake the car slows down.

caught
court

He caught a large fish.
You play tennis on a tennis court.

check
cheque

Did you check that the door is locked?
You can write a cheque to pay your bills.

find
fined

I can't find my socks.
She was fined £40 for driving too fast on the motorway.

flower
flour

A daffodil or a rose is a flower.
You need some flour to make the birthday cake.

hair
hare

She has really long hair.
A hare is an animal like a rabbit.

here
hear

Please come over here.
Can you hear that noise?

heal
heel

His leg is broken, but it will heal (get better).
Your heel is at the back of your foot.

hire
higher

When we go to Spain we'll hire a car.
The mountain was higher than the clouds.

hour
our

There are 60 minutes in an hour.
This is our house.

maid
made

The maid cleaned all of the 15 rooms.
I made the bed this morning.

new
knew

I spilt wine on my brand new shirt.
I knew the answers to all the questions.

one
won

There was only one piece of birthday cake left.
She won the running race.

pear
pair

I ate a pear and a banana for breakfast.
I won the card game with a pair of aces.

piece
peace

I ate a very large piece of pie.
He went on an march for world peace.

plain
plane

I painted over the wallpaper in a plain colour.
The plane landed late because of heavy fog.

pour
poor
paw

Can you please pour some milk on my cereal.
He grew up in a poor neighbourhood.
The cat hurt his paw in a fight.

saw
sore

He cut the tree down with a saw.
His ankle was sore after he fell over.

see
sea

She couldn't see without her glasses.
I went swimming in the sea while on holiday.

shore
sure

She built a sandcastle by the shore.
I'm sure that I turned the oven off. (to be absolutely certain)

sight
site

Don't let the children out of your sight.
There were four cranes on the building site.

stairs
stares

She ran down the stairs to answer the phone.
He stares out of the window at the neighbours.

steal
steel

The thief got caught trying to steal the diamond.
The buildings were made of steel and glass.

they're
their
there

They're is a shorter way to say they are.
It was their dog that bit the postman.
The supermarket is over there.

through
threw

I walked through the door into the room.
She threw the ball a long way.

to
too
two

He isn't going to work today.
Too is another way to say as well.
Two is the number between one and three.

waste
waist

Waiting for the wrong train was a waste of time.
Her old dress was a bit tight around the waist.

week
weak

A week is seven days long.
He was too weak to lift the heavy box.

where
wear

Where are you going tonight?
Which tee-shirt are you going to wear out?

whether
weather

I'm not sure whether to phone her or not.
Sun, rain, wind and snow are types of weather.

which
witch

Which ice cream would you like?
The witch was seen flying on a broomstick.

whole
hole

Two halves make a whole.
There was a hole in his sock.

worn
warn

I am tired and worn out.
He tried to warn her about the wet floor.

would
wood

Would you like a drink?.
Wood comes from trees.

write
right

I must write a letter to my friend soon.
Right is the opposite of left.