Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but are spelt differently, and have different meanings.
For example, “access” and “excess” are read the same way, but take note of their different spellings. While the spellings of some pairs of homophones are easy to remember, some of them do get us confused. As you read the pairs of homophones below, try to put them to memory so that you will know which one to use when you’re writing your essays (or maybe even your text messages!).
It’s vs Its
It’s: this is a contraction - it is Its: this is a possessive pronoun
Who’s: this is a contraction - who is Whose: this is a possessive pronoun
You’re: this is a contraction - you are Your: this is a possessive pronoun
Weather: climate Whether: similar meaning to ‘if’
Accept: to take or receive Except: means “but” or “exclude”
Access: to be granted entry into a place Excess: to have too much
Then: adverb, indicating time Than: used to make comparisons
Compliment: to say something nice about someone or something Complement: something that enhances or completes
Principle: a fundamental truth Principal: first in order of importance, or the person in charge of your school
Bear: to endure or put up with Bare: to uncover or undress