200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (M - R)

A List of Easily Confused Words (page 4)

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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.


  1. accept/except to buy/by/bye (page one)
  2. capital/capitol to eminent/imminent (page two)
  1. fair/fare to lie/lye (page three)
  2. meat/meet/mete to role/roll (below)
  3. scene/seen to whine/wine (page five)


Follow the links below for examples and expanded definitions of the commonly confused words.

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (M - R)

meat - foodmeet - to encountermete - to give out
miner - a worker in a mineminor - someone under legal ageminor - lesser or smaller
missed - past tense of missmist - a light rain 
one - the number 1won - past tense of win 
pail - a containerpale - not bright or colorful 
pair - two of somethingpare - remove, cut backpear - the fruit
passed - past form of passpast - a previous timepast - (preposition)
patience - endurancepatients - people under medical care 
peace - absence of conflictpiece - a portion 
plain - treeless landplain - simple, unadornedplane - aircraft
poor - lacking possessionspore - to read carefullypour - to cause to flow
principal - main, most importantprincipal - head of a schoolprinciple - rule
profit - gainprophet - someone who foretells events 
raise - liftrays - beams of lightraze - demolish
rap - knockrap - hip-hopwrap - cover, conceal
role - character, partroll - to move forwardroll - a portion of bread
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