Vocabulary | 5 Common Homophone Mistakes

Hi everyone! I hear that you have been learning some pretty interesting stuff here at Lil’ But Mighty! I know that you are excited to learn more and there is no time to waste! You must learn to write the right things so that you can excel!

Hey wait a minute, take a look at the words in bold. They seem to come in pairs and have something in common. Hmmm…

Vocabulary | 5 Common Homophone Mistakes

Did you realise that the words are pronounced the same way, but have different spellings and meanings? These pairs of words are called homophones! Homophones can easily appear in the vocabulary and editing sections to confuse pupils so it is important that you know the differences between these pairs of words. Continuing from our previous post on pairs of confusing words, today, we will be looking at 5 pairs of homophones that often make students do a double take!

Vocabulary | 5 Common Homophone Mistakes

Practice Vs Practise

Practice Vs Prastise

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/english

Practice Vs PractiseTip to remembering: Since ‘ice’ (which is a noun) is in ‘practice’, ‘practice’ is then also a noun! Another tip is to identify ‘c’ in practice, which can represent ‘chair’. I hope this helps you to distinguish between the noun and verb forms better!

 

AdviceversusAdvise

Similar to “practice” and “practise”, students often confuse “advice and advise”.

“advice and advise”.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/english

Adviceversusadvise

Tip to remembering: Since there is also ‘ice’ in ‘advice’, we can use the same trick as before! ‘Advice’ is hence a noun!

 

Lose Vs Loose

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/english

Tip-to-remembering-LooseTip to remembering: Since there are 2 ‘o’s in ‘loose’, there is too much space and you can try to visualise the ‘o’s falling down! Something has to be done to tighten the letters together!

 

WeatherversusWhether

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/english

weather and whetherTip to remembering: Note the ‘ea’ in ‘weather’? Well remember this phrase: the weather affects the sea! Whether you like it or not, I think this little trick should come in handy!

 

PrincipleversusPrincipal

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/english

TipsonRememberingPrincipal

Tip to remembering: There is a ‘pal’ in ‘principal‘, so I guess you can say the principal is your friend? Alright perhaps not. However, I think this trick is helpful in remembering that ‘principal’ is a person, specifically a very important person.

I hope these little tricks and tips are useful to you! Remember, homophones are words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings. Do not mix up the meanings of these pairs of words again. I hope this has been useful! See you in the next post!

 

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Ms. Cynthia

Ms Cynthia is an English Teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. In her 5 years of English Language teaching experience, she has enjoyed guiding her students to explore the literary world and provide them with the tools to unpack and decipher texts. As a teacher who is passionate about the language, she hopes to inspire the children to become creative and critical thinkers who will be ready to face the challenges of the world.

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