English homophones cause lots of problems for students, and it is also difficult for English native speakers! Homophones are words that sound exactly the same but have different meanings and different spellings.
To, Two and Too
To is a preposition.
e.g. I want to go to the park, but I need to run to the bus stop first, to get the bus.
Two is a number.
e.g. I would like two apples, to take with me to the park.
Too means also.
e.g. I like apples, but I like banans too. John likes them too! We should take two apples to the park, and two banans too.
Mail or Male?
Mail is what the mailman delivers.
e.g. I am expecting my exam results to arrive in the mail today!
Male is the opposite of female (men.)
e.g. The mailman is a male, but his wife is a female.
Eight or Ate?
Eight is a number (8).
e.g. There are 8 people in the classroom.
Ate is the past simple version of the verb to eat.
e.g. Today I am going to eat two apples, yesterday I ate one.
Thyme and Time
Thyme is a delicious herb that you can use to make food taste better.
e.g. I am going to make chicken with thyme, lemon, salt and pepper.
Time is what you measure on your watch or clock.
e.g. How much time do we have until
Flour vs. Flower
Flour is a cooking ingredient used to make cakes and bread.
e.g. You need to mix eggs and flower together to make bread.
A flower is a beautiful and colourful plant that growns in the wild.
e.g. It is your birthday so I bought you some beautiful flowers for the house. They are very colourful!