Posted by: episystechpubs | September 14, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Homophones

Homophones are words that sound alike but that have different meanings and (usually) different spellings. Here are some examples of homophones (definitions from Merriam-Webster).

Aloud/Allowed

Aloud: (adverb) in a way that can be clearly heard: in a voice that can be heard

Allowed: (verb) to permit something: to regard or treat something as acceptable

Compliment/Complement

Compliment: (noun) a remark that says something good about someone or something

Complement: (noun) something that completes something else or makes it better

It’s/Its

It’s (contraction): it is, it has

Its (adjective): relating to or belonging to a certain thing, animal, etc.

Their/There/They’re

Their (adjective): relating to or belonging to certain people, animals, or things

There (adverb): in that place: at that location

They’re (contraction): they are

To/Too

To (preposition): used to indicate the place, person, or thing that something moves toward

Too (adverb): in addition

You’re/Your

You’re (contraction): you are

Your (adjective): relating to or belonging to you

Jackie Solano | Technical Editor | Symitar®

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