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Words that Sound or Look Alike Study Guide

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Words that Sound or Look Alike

In this lesson, you'll discover that some words are pronounced the same but spelled differently and have different meanings, and some words are spelled the same but pronounced differently and have different meanings.

In this lesson, you'll find homophones ("same sound") and homographs ("same writing").

Homophones sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. As you read, don't let the homophones confuse you.

    Examples 1

    sees, seas, seize
    for, four, fore
    through, threw
    toe, tow

Homographs are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. As you read, you need to figure out which pronunciation and meaning is used. The rest of the sentence usually lets you know.

    Examples 2

    The wind is blowing! Wind the balloon string around your finger.
    In the apartment where I live, they don't allow live animals.
    Separate your laundry. Put dark and light clothes in separate piles.

Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at:

Words that Sound or Look Alike Practice Exercises

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