Homonyms, homophones, and homographs are words that are easily confused because they look alike or sound alike (or both) but have different meanings. There’s only one way to keep from looking foolish with these. and that’s to memorize them. You may teach yourself a few tricks but basically, it’s all memorization. Look for charts like below on the web and start studying!

Homophones: Two or more words that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and often spelling

role – a part in a play,   movie, opera or other performance; roll – turn over and over;   move on wheels  
scene – section of a play or   story; a view or site seen – past participle of   ‘to see’- observe with eyes; understand  
whine – complain in a peevish   way wine – alcoholic beverage   made from grapes  
accept – take something offered except – omit; keep apart;  
buy – purchase by –beside, before, authored bye – farewell
capital – a city that is the seat   of government capitol – a building where lawmaking or governing body   is housed. capital – cash,   wealth, economy
fair– unbiased; impartial fare – cost of travel fair – pleasing to look at; pale



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