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Writing the Right Words

Today we’re talking about commonly misused words, specifically homophones! If you don’t know what those are, keep reading!

As a writing consultant and editor, I revise and provide feedback on my clients’ professional documents and academic assignments (among other writing projects). For the past several months, I have seen an increase in the misuse of common English words. I found myself having to write the same feedback to a number of my clients, so creating this handout, and sharing it with them, has been extremely helpful. I wanted anyone else who needs it to have it for FREE!

First, let’s define the difference between a homonym and a homophone since I know it can sometimes become confusing. 

Homonyms are words that are spelled the same, have the same pronunciation, but have different meanings. 

EXAMPLE:
Bear (noun): animal/mammal
Bear (verb): to hold/carry something

Homophones are words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, yet have the same pronunciation.

EXAMPLE:
Eye (noun): Organ of sight
I (pronoun): a speaker referring to himself/herself

The handout below focuses on the most commonly misused homophones only (there are hundreds of them).

Click here to download your FREE handout! And feel free to share this post with anyone who you might think needs this, especially students!

Good luck writing and revising ❤

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