One great way to help with spelling skills is to
of the most commonly-confused sets of homonyms in the English language.
We share 25 sets here, from patience/patients to you're/your.
Be sure to read our first set of 25 confusing homonyms, from allowed/aloud to passed/past, as well as the 25 sets on this page.
26. patience (n.) the ability to wait; The kindergarten teacher’s patience is remarkable. patients (plural n.) people under the care of a doctor; Five patients were waiting to see the doctor.
27. peace (n.) absence of war; The longtime peace between two countries was broken by a single bullet. piece (n.) a portion of something; He asked for just one piece of peach pie.
28. plain (adj.) clear; It was plain to everyone in the crowd that the singer had talent. plane (n.) a carpenter’s tool, an airborne vehicle, or a flat surface; The wood carver used his plane to make the table top very smooth.
29. presence (n.) the state of existing in a place Her presence was requested at the party. presents (plural n.) gifts; Children love to open presents on their birthdays.
30. principal (n.) most important, or the leader of a school; The principal wrote a new homework policy. principle (n.) basic truth or law; Throughout life, it is wise to adhere to one’s principles.
31. rain (n.) precipitation; The rain poured down all day. (v.) drizzle, shower; The weatherman says it will rain tomorrow. reign (n.) time in power; The king’s reign was very brief. (v.) to rule; How long will the Queen reign? rein (n.) a strap to control an animal; Pull on the reins when you want the horse to stop.
32. raise (v.) to build up; Let’s raise the sign a bit higher so it can be read more easily. raze (v.) to tear down; The city plans to raze the vacant building.
33. right (adj.) correct; The student gave the right answer to the math question. write (v.) to make letters; Please write you name at the top of the page.
34. road (n.) driving surface; She had difficulty keeping her car on the slippery road. rode (v.) past tense of ride; We rode the bus for thirty minutes to get across town.
35. sail (v.) travel in a boat; We plan to sail across the bay. sale (n.) a deal or transaction; The store had a special sale on blue jeans.
36. scene (n.) the place where an event occurs; A criminal sometimes returns to the scene of the crime. seen (v.) past participle of see; I’ve never seen so many flies!
37. soar (v.) fly; An eagle can soar higher than many other birds. sore (adj.) painful; My sprained knee is very sore.
38. sole (adj.) only; My dad was the sole survivor of the plane crash. (n.) the bottom part of a foot or shoe; There's a hole in the sole of my old boot. soul (n.) the spiritual part, or character, of a person; Those old hymns always comfort my soul.
39. stair (n.) step; The
bottom stair is broken, so please be careful when you go down.
look intently in one place; I
couldn’t help but stare at the legless man.
40. stationary (adj.) unmoving; You should keep the fractured finger stationary for one week. stationery (n.) writing paper; The lawyer wrote the letter on her business stationery.
41. stake (n.) a thin pointed stick or post that is driven into the ground; Since we were missing a stake, we couldn’t finish putting up the tent. steak (n.) a piece of meat or fish; He ordered a sirloin steak and baked potato.
42. steal (v.) to take something without permission; Some children steal money from their mother's purses. steel (n.) a strong metal made of iron and carbon; Many buildings are constructed with steel frames.
43. tail (n.) the rear part of an animal’s body; My dog wags its tail when he’s happy. tale (n.) a story; One popular fairy tale is about a giant, a beanstalk and a boy named Jack.
44. their (pron.) belong to them; Their house is always clean and tidy. there (adv.) at that place; Please put the groceries over there. they’re (contr.) they are; They’re going to Paris for vacation.
45. threw (v.) past tense of throw; The kids threw the stones into the stream. through (prep.) movement from one side to, or past, the other side; Let’s walk all the way through the dark tunnel together.
46. to (prep.) toward; We drove to the theater. too (adv.) also; Jimmy likes pizza, too. two (n.) a symbol for 1 plus 1; Susan spun a two in the board game.
47. waist (n.) the middle of the body; The belt was too large for her small waist. waste (n.) discarded material; The factory’s waste products were dumped in the landfill.
48. weak (adj.) not strong; The young boy was too weak to lift the box of books. week (n.) a seven-day period; The worker went on vacation for one week.
49. who’s (contr.) who is or who has; Who’s been drinking my soda? whose (pron.) possessive form of who; Does anyone know whose coat is this one?
50. your (pron.)
possessive form of you;
It’s your turn to go first.
(contr.) you are; You’re the person I want to
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