Homophones Homophones are words that sound the same when pronounced, but are spelled differently. Also, the words have different meanings. At times, it can be tricky to know which word to use. The best way to overcome such an obstacle is to know the spellings and meanings of different homophones. Practice makes perfect! Here is a list of common homophones. Do YOU Commonly used Homophones Do YOU know the know the Our & hour Red & read Site & sight differences Eight & ate Male & mail Principal & principle differences between Be & bee Night & knight Council & counsel between the words Hear & here Wait & weight Mourning & morning the words There & their Piece & peace Waist & waste in each in each To, Too, & Two Dear & deer Witch & which set? See & sea Won & one Pray & prey set? For & four Flour & flower Toe & tow Right & write Week & weak Hair & hare Sun & Son Die & dye By & buy Try them yourself and see how many you know and understand! Now that you have had a chance to review the list of commonly used homophones, try and see if you REALLY know the difference! Below and continued on the next page is an essay. See if you can use the words correctly! Good luck! The Strangest Story Once upon a time, there was a (dear/deer) old man that loved (to, too, two) hunt (dear/deer) in the (mournings/mornings). He did so because (dear/deer) was his only source of meat where he lived. The old man lived in a beautiful area where wonderfully brilliant (flours/flowers) grew. Sometimes, the old man would pick the (flours/flowers) and add them to the (flour/flower) he used to make bread. Everything was (pieceful/peaceful) in the (mournings/mornings). At around (eight/ate) in the (mourning/morning) on a Tuesday, the old man decided (to, too, two) go out and hunt (dear/deer). Little did he know that that Tuesday would be (won/one) to remember. After having walked (for/four) about two (hours/ours), the old man saw a (hair/hare) hopping along the side of the road. The old man thought it was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. He stopped and just watched it (for/four) a bit. Then, he continued along. The old man finally arrived (to/too/two) his favorite (site/sight) where he hunted. At his (site/sight), (there/their) was a little tent where he would sometimes take a nap. It was small, but cute. (There/Their) was also a beautiful view from his spot. Simply standing (there/their), a person could (sea/see) for miles because the air was so clean. After settling down, the old man went on his hunt. It was (night/knight) by the time the old man got back to his favorite spot. He was tired. He had been hunting (dear/deer) all day. Luckily, he managed to get one. Upon deciding to spend the (night/knight), the old man opened his tent (to/too/two) find a (piece/peace) of (hair/hare) near his pillow. The old man knew it wasn’t his because, well, he has no (hair/hare). He thought that maybe it was (hair/hare) from the (hair/hare) he had seen earlier that day. It wasn’t. At that very moment, the old man heard a loud noise coming from behind him. Quickly turning around, the old man had (site/sight) of what was making the loud and scary noise. It was a large, (male/mail) lion and the lion looked hungry! The old man thought he was going to be the lion’s (prey/pray), so, he began to (prey/pray) to God for his life! Right before the man said his final words, the lion quickly turned around and ran away. The man couldn’t understand why the lion ran away! Then, he saw it. The little (hair/hare) had scared the lion! Oh My! The big and scary lion was really a coward! The man was relieved. He gave the (hair/hare) some vegetables and then he decided to go home. Three weeks had passed and the man still could not stop thinking about that brave little (hair/hare) and what it had done for the old man. Every (night/knight), the man would sit outside of his house waiting to see if he would (hear/here) that scary noise again. He never did. I guess the (hair/hare) was still hopping around, somewhere, out (there/their) keeping the lion at bay.