Tamilnadu State Board Class 10 English Vocabulary Homophones & Confusables
♦ Homophones & Confusables (Text Book Page No.: 194,195)
Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. The text has many homophones such as: see-sea, hear-here, knew-new.
Commonly confused words
English has a lot of commonly confused words. They either look alike or look and sound alike, but have completely different meanings and usage. Here are some examples from the text.
brought (v) –
past participle of bring.
E.g. Anitha had brought a book from the library,
bought (v) –
past participle of buy.
E.g. Lalitha had bought a new dress last week.
effect (v) – to have an effect on.
E.g. The pet’s death affected his master,
effect (n) –
anything brought about by a cause or agent; result.
E.g. Both El Nino and La Nina are opposite effects of the same phenomenon.
Fill in the blank with correct Homophone.
Be careful around the figurines because they _______ easily, (brake/break)
I can’t _______ this burden any longer, (bear/bare)
The poor man only had one _______ to his name, (scent/cent)
That poem is very _______ to me. (deer/dear)
I hope my plants don’t _______ in this heat, (die/dye)
The recipe calls for two cups of _______ (flower/flour)
Have you read the story about the tortoise and the _______? (hair/hare)
Vegetarians do not eat _______ (meat/meet)
Let’s go buy a new _______ of shoes, (pear/pair)
My _______ is presently in the military, (son/sun)
Why don’t the _______ of us go to town tomorrow? (too/two)
My favourite _______ is cornflakes, (serial/cereal)
I ordered the Mexican Hot Pizza, but couldn’t eat the _______ on top! (chilli/chilly)
Chilled white _______ goes well with fish, (wine/whine)
He held the railing as he walked down the _______ (stairs/stares).
The snowstorm will _______ thousands of travellers, (affect/effect)
The dog chased the _______ into the neighbour’s yard, (ball/bawl)
The contractors _______ the company for travel expenses, (billed/build)
Seoul is the _______ of South Korea, (capital/capital)
The squirrels _______ the peanuts under the snow, (berry/bury)