written by Ken Preston | Editing

January 4, 2024

Homophones are words that sound the same and can easily be confused in our writing. Here are some examples:

Baring vs. bearing. Baring means 'to bare all,' while bearing means 'to bear to the left.'

Canon vs. cannon. Canon is an accepted principle or rule, while cannon is a big gun used in war.

Cite vs. sight vs. site. Site refers to a location, sight refers to vision, and cite is something you put in a report.

It's vs. its. It's is a contraction of the words 'it' and 'is,' while its is the possessive form of 'it.'

Rain vs. reign vs. rein. Rain is water that falls from the sky, reign is a period of time that a king or queen rules for, and rein is a leather strap.

Stationary vs. stationery. Stationary means staying in one spot; stationery is paper and envelopes.

Their vs. there vs. they're. There is a positional indicator, they're is a contraction of 'they' and 'are,' and their is the possessive form of 'they.'

You're vs. your. You're is the contraction of 'you' and 'are,' and your is the possessive of you.

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