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There are lots of words in the English language which sound the same but are spelled differently and have entirely another meaning. They are called homonyms. Here are a few to know.  

flower flour homonym

Examples of Homonyms


ad - advertisement  
add - combine   

 
advice - guidance  
advise - recommend   

 
altar –  table in church  
alter – to change           

 
cell – compartment  
sell – vend  
  
cereal – breakfast food  
serial – sequential  

 
close – opposite of open  
clothes – clothing  

 
complement – enhance; go together  
compliment – praise  
  
dear – term of endearment  
deer– woodland animal  
   
desert – dry land  
dessert – after-dinner sweet course 

  
doe – female deer  
dough – uncooked bread  

 
fair – equal  
fare – price   

 
fairy – fictitious tiny winged ‘human’ – Tinkerbell  
ferry – boat / ship for cars, cargo or passengers  

 
find - to discover  
fined – charged a penalty  

 
flew – did fly  
flu – cold-like illness  
  
flour – powdery, ground grain  
flower – blooming plant  
  
foreword - introduction to a book  
forward – advancing  
  
gene – a chromosome  
jean – denim  
  
gorilla – big ape  
guerrilla - warrior  
  
hay – straw animal food  
hey – greeting  
  
heal – mend  
heel – back of foot  
  
hear – to listen  
here – at this place 

 
hole – opening  
whole – entire   

 
hour – 60 minutes  
our – belonging to us  

 
knight – feudal horseman  
night – evening  
  
knot – tied rope  
not – negative  
  
know – have knowledge  
no – opposite of yes   

 
none – not any  
nun – woman who takes special vows  
  
one – single  
won – did win 

 
peace – calm  
piece – segment  

 
patience – being willing to wait  
patients – person treated in a hospital or by a doctor   

 
pear – a type of fruit  
pair – 2 (usually matching)   

 
plain – ordinary  
plane – flight machine plane; flat surface 

  
poor – not rich  
pour – make flow  
  
right – correct; not left  
write – scribble  
  
rose – flower  
rows – lines  

 
sail – move by wind power  
sale – bargain price  
  
scene – landscape  
seen – viewed   

 
sea – ocean segment  
see – observe with eyes  
 
son – male child  
sun – the star that lights the solar system   

 
stair – step  
stare – to look at steadily 

 
suite – room in a hotel with lounge area etc  
sweet – the opposite of sour    

 
wait – kill time  
weight – measure     

 
way – path  
weigh – measure mass  
  
weak - not strong  
week – 7 days  
  
which – that  
witch – sorcerer  

There are many, many more. In speech it is almost impossible to tell the difference but look at the spelling when written. The rest of the sentence should help you understand which is correct.   

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