If you speak English as your first language, you probably give very little thought to the quirky nature of the language.  You were possibly taught through repetition, reading, and of course living the language.

Learning English as a second language usually involves deeper understanding of the language rules and grammatical gymnastics.

Have you ever stopped to consider how complicated English is? 

For fun, I thought I would start to compile a list of words that sound the same but have wildly different meanings.

Feel free to email me with additions, or comment at the bottom of the article.

 

English words that sound the same but have different meanings

A

Ale, Ail

B

Ball, Bawl
Break, Brake
But, Butt
By, Bye, Bi

C

Cue, Queue

D

Die, Dye

E

Eye, I

F

Fair, Fare
Four, Fore

G

Gaud, God

H

Hair, Hare
Hear, Here
Higher, Hire

I

I, Eye

J

Jew, Due, Dew

K

Key, Quay
Knot, Not
Knit, Nit

L

Led, Lead

M

Mail, Male
Meet, Meat
Mite, Might

N

Nit, Knit

O

One, Won

P

Peak, Peek, Pique

Q

Quay, Key, Qi
Queue, Cue

R

Real, Reel
Right, Write

S

Steal, Steel
Stare, Stair
Sign, Sine
Some, Sum
Son, Sun

T

Tail, Tale
To, Too, Two
There, Their, They're
Time, Thyme
Tyre, Tire

U

 

V

Vain, Vein

W

Wait, Weight
Way, Weigh, Whey
Wear, Ware
Wood, Would
Write, Right

X, Y, Z

Your, You're

 

 

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