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This tag is for questions about words with the same pronunciation but different meanings. They may, or may not, share the same spelling.

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"Right, write" or "Write, right"

Consider that someone say this: Right, write. These two words are homophones, that is, they have the same pronunciation but different spelling and meaning. They have the same pronunciation, so in ...
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Homophonia, or: U can't touch this

In case it isn't obvious: ewe,yew,Jew,U,hew,Hugh,hue,you. Given that English is not Chinese, this must be a record. But note that I'm a German and not familiar with "standard" English ...
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Are the phrases "I'm just guessing" and "I'm disgusting" homophones?

The way I pronounce it, they sound the same, but I wanted to know from native speakers. Don't wanna run the risk of saying the later when I mean the first if it is actually different.
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Should I hear be able to a difference in pronunciation between "or" and "all", and if so, what is it?

I’m not a native speaker of English; I’m Vietnamese. When I listen to a voice sample of or vs all, I can’t hear any difference between those two words. Do they really have the same pronunciation? If ...
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Is the word "homophone" misleading?

I remember a language learning app that claimed to help users to distinguish between the words like right-write, break-brake, heal-heel, principle-principal, etc. However, I have long known them as ...
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Can fluent English speakers distinguish between “steel”, “still”, and “steal”?

Can fluent English speakers understand this sentence the first time they hear it? What? They still steal steel? Can they hear a difference between the pronunciation of the words still, steal, and ...
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Homophonous words to pronounce differently

We have a nice Scottish native speaker at the university who is constantly smiling and she is not pretending it. She is always up for some lovely chat but last time I met her I felt so down that I did ...
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Homophones emerge vs immerge

I thought I understood their difference. But then I went to this website ( with the following example sentences: Immediately after delivery, infants immerge into a world of ...
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What's the meaning of "Can it, will you?"

I was watching a TV show, and one scene in a movie theatre goes like this: Film viewer: We know, sit down. Jason: Maggie. Maggie: How are theatre owners gonna know how we feel about this ...
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Phonetic transcription (or pronunciation) of date and diet

I'm an English learner and I've never been good at grammatical rules or other technical sides of English. However I need to learn them in order to graduate. And on my way to it, I'm taking a class in ...
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one's vs ones; and omission of "the" with superlatives

Source: My Aussie teacher They are the one's nearest and dearest in my life. Shouldn't it be without an apostrophe: "the ones?" Because it should be plural(they). And is it ok that we omit "the"...
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How to Transcribe A Word That The Speaker Doesn't Known

When transcribing spoken dialogues between individuals, what do we write if the words are ambiguous? Example 1: Hyun: How do you spell witch in English? Jim: Which 'which' are you asking ...
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"Add-in salt to injury"?

I've never seen "Add-in salt to injury" but I know "Add insult to injury" exists. I had a grammar exercise that asked for the most suitable idiom or proverb for expressing: To make something bad ...
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(Whose) Who's bright idea was it to leave the refrigerator open? [closed]

Have a look at the following dictionary entry, line 5: Who's bright idea was it to leave the refrigerator open? Source: Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary under the entry: ...
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How to distinguish "steal" from "steel"?

These two words have the same transcription [stiːl]. How to know which one of them had been told, considering the fact that both of them could be a noun or a verb? For example: I want to steel it. ...
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Can I say to my girlfriend "You are my whole"?

I want to say to my girlfriend that she is everything for me. And my question is if I can say her this thing by the sentence "You are my whole". I made a little googling about but I didn't find a ...
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Did my sister state these properly?

The girl's clothes are more expensive than the boys. The camel is called as the ship of the dessert. My sister said these things; are they correct? I'm wondering if the grammar is correct ...
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Pronunciation of "Jews" vs "juice"

Is there a different pronunciation for the word "Jews" and the word "juice"? EDIT: I am referring specifically to the vowels in these words, apart from the ending consonant. It seems to me that the "...
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Is there any good methodology to help remember sound-alike words?

I'm working mostly with non-native English speakers, and I it becomes apparent that sound-alike words often cause confusion, particularly in business emails. There are too many of these words to make ...
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When should I use "there" and "their"?

For example, in the following sentences, in which ones should I use there, and not their? ____ house is beautiful. ____ are lots of skyscrapers in Dubai.
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