20 Categories of Words That Sound the Same (Homophones)

Homophones are words that sound (are pronounced) the same but have different meanings and spellings. 
The following are the 20 categories of homophones in English Language: 
A
air - heir
allowed - aloud 
altar - alter 
ate - eight 

B
band - banned 
bare - bear
base - bass
bean - been
bite - byte 
billed - build
blew - blue
board - bored
boy - buoy 
brake - break 
bread - bred
but - bye - by 

C
ceiling - sailing 
cell - sell
cent - scent 
cereal - serial 
check - cheque 
coarse - course 

D
dear - deer 
die - dye
draft - draught 

F
faint - feint 
fair - fare 
fear - feet 
find - fined 
flew - flu
flour - flower 

G
gorilla - guerrilla 
grate - great 
groan - grown 
guessed - guest 

H
hair - hare
hall - haul
heal - heel - he'll 
hear - here
heard - herd
hi - high
higher - hire
him - hymn 
hole - whole
holy - holey - wholly 

I
idle - idol
it's - its

K
key - quay 
knew - new
knight - night 
knot - not
know - no
knows - nose

L
lead - led
links - lynx 
loan - lone

M
made - maid  
mail - male 
mare - mayor 
marshal - martial 
meat - meey
miner - minor 
mind - mined
missed - mist 
moose - mousse 
muscle - mussel 

N
none - nun

O
one - won

P
packed - pact
pain - pane
pair - pear
passed - past 
pause - paws
pea - pee
peace - piece
peak - peek 
plain - plane
plum - plumb 
pole - poll
practice - practise
praise - prays - preys
principal - principle
profit - prophet 

R
rain - reign 
raise - rays
rap - wrap
read - reed
right - write
role - roll
root - route 
rose - rows 

S
sale - sail
soar - sore
scene - seen 
sea - see
seas - sees - seize
sew - so
side - sighed 
sight - site
sole - soul
some - sum
son - Sun
stair - stare 
stake - steak
steal - steel 

T
tail - tale
tear - tier 
there - their - they're 
threw - through 
throne - thrown 
tide - tied 
tire - tyre
to - too - two 

V
vain - vane - vein 

W
wail - whale 
waist - waste 
wait - weight 
watt - what
way - weigh - whey 
we - wee
weak - week 
wear - where 
we'd - weed 
we'll - wheel 
weather - whether 
which - witch 
whine - wine
who's - whose 
wood - would 

Y
your - you're 

A language learner should read, pronounce, and practice speaking these categories of words. By using them often, the language learner can easily identify them when they are used by other speakers. 

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