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Common Homophones

Homophones are words that sound like other words but have different meanings. As such, they can be difficult to spell properly.

Common Pairs

Hover over the cards below to see some commonly confused homophones.


A verb which means ``to have an effect or overall difference toward something``


A noun which means ``a result of an action`` or a ``consequence``

Rarely a verb that means ``to bring about (often indirectly)``


Verb meaning to ``willingly receive``


A preposition meaning ``not including`` or ``other than``

A verb meaning ``to intentionally not include something``

  1. Affect: verb “have an effect on; make a difference to” (OED).
  2. Effect: noun “a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause” (OED).

Affect is the verb doing the action of making a change while effect is the noun for the change.

Lack of sleep affects my attention span.

The effect of procrastination is often more stress.

  1. Accept: verb “consent to receive (a thing offered)” (OED).
  2. Except: preposition “not including; other than” (OED). conjunction “used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made” (OED).

Accept is the verb doing the action of receiving while except is a preposition or conjunction showing exception.

Please accept my compliments on your cooking.

I like all musical genres except heavy metal.

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