Words That Sound Alike Or Almost Alike

When words sound similar, sometimes their spellings and meanings are confusing. Words that sound alike are called homophones.

BRAKE or BREAK
A brake is a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle.
A break is a brief rest period (a lunch break).

CAPITAL or CAPITOL
A capital is the city where a country or state government is located.
The capitol is the building where a legislative body meets.

CLOTHES or CLOSE
Clothes are what we wear.
To close means to shut something.

COMPLEMENT or COMPLIMENT
Complement is to make complete, or something that completes.
A compliment is praise for someone.

DESERT or DESSERT
A desert is a hot, sandy area where few plants can grow.
Dessert is fruit, ice cream, or something else eaten at the end of a meal.

DIE or DYE
To die means to stop living.
To dye means to change the color of an ******.

EMIGRATE or IMMIGRATE
To emigrate means to move away from a country.
To immigrate means to move to another country.
(Ana emigrated from Brazil. She immigrated to the United States.)

FAIR or FARE
A fair is an exhibition or show.
Fair also means better than poor, but less than good.
Fare is the cost of a ride on a public vehicle like a bus, train, plane, or taxi.

FIND or FINED
To find means to come upon something you were looking for.
Fined means having to pay for doing something wrong.

FLOUR or FLOWER
Cakes and breads are made with flour.
A flower is a blossom.

HAIR or HARE
Hair is what grows on the top of your head if you are not bald.
A hare is a kind of rabbit.

HOARSE or HORSE
If your voice is hoarse, it's rough or harsh.
A horse is an animal that can gallop quickly.

ITS or IT'S
Its is the possessive form of "it" (the bird flapped its wings).
It's is a contraction of (short form for) "it is."

LOAN or LONE
Aloan is something that you lend or someone borrows.
Lone means single or alone.

PRINCIPAL or PRINCIPLE
A principal is the person in charge of a school.
Principal also means first in importance.
A principle is a basic belief that a person strongly holds.

ROLL or ROLE
A bun or muffin is a roll.
A role is a part or character in a play.

ROSE or ROWS
A rose is a sweet-smelling flower.
Rows are groups of ******s lined up.

STATIONARY or STATIONERY
When something is stationary it does not move.
Stationery is special paper for writing letters.

STEAL or STEEL
Steal means to take what does not belong to you.
Steel is a very strong ****l.

THEIR, THEY'RE, or THERE
Their is the possessive form of "they."
They're is short for "they are."
There means at or in that place.
(They're going to put their packages there on the table.)

VAIN, VANE OR VEIN
To be vain means to be stuck-up or conceited.
A vane shows what way the wind is blowing.
A vein is one of many tubes that carries blood to the heart.

WEEK or WEAK
The seven days from Sunday to Saturday are a week.
Weak means not strong



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