200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (F - L)

A List of Easily Confused Words

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A hoarse horse. (Arctic-Images/Getty Images)

Homonyms, homophones, and homographs are words that are easily confused because they look alike or sound alike (or both) but have different meanings. These charts--which list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs--should help you recognize the differences between many commonly confused words.

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (F - L)

fair - pleasing, impartialfair - gathering, exhibitionfare - fee for transportation
find - locatefined - charged (past tense of fine) 
fir - a pine treefur - a coat or covering 
flea - insectflee - to escape 
flour - milled wheatflower - plant 
for - (preposition)fore - front, forwardfour - the number 4
foreword - prefaceforward - related to direction 
grate - to irritategrate - a framegreat - large, superior
groan - moangrown - matured 
hall - auditorium, dormitoryhaul - to carry 
hear - listenhere - this place 
higher - taller, more advancedhire - to employ 
hoarse - rough soundinghorse - the animal 
its - (possessive pronoun)it's - it is 
jam - to force or blockjam - jellyjamb - part of a door or window
know - to understandno - negative 
lead - the metallead - to directled - past tense of lead (directed)
lessen - to decreaselesson - an example or unit of instruction 
lie - to reclinelie - tell an untruthlye - used in making soap