“Bread” and “bred” sound the same, but they are spelled differently, and they mean completely different things. Two words with different meanings but the same pronunciation are called homophones. If you don’t know which homophone is the right one to use, look both up in the dictionary to see which meaning (and spelling) is correct. Here are some examples of homophones:

  • right, rite, wright, and write
  • blue, blew
  • meet, meat
  • read (past, past participle) and red
  • rose (flower) and rose (past tense of rise)
  • carat, caret, and carrot
  • to, two, and too
  • know, no
  • there, their, and they’re
  • hour, our
  • its and it’s

What homophones can you add to this list?