3 Online Resources for Homonyms

The grammar police on Facebook are forever posting memes and updates checking our use of homonyms. Why? Well, the misuse of homonyms can change the entire meaning of a sentence. The misuse of homonyms can also confuse readers. Writers need to be aware of homonyms for presenting copy (text) that is readable and easily understood by readers. A few common offenses:

  • to, too, two
  • they’re, their, there
  • sight, site, cite
  • compliment, complement

There are three really good online resources to reference while writing.

Alan Cooper’s Homonyms

Enchanted Learning’s List of Homonyms

English for Students

As a bonus here are resources for homographs (words spelled the same with different meanings) and homophones (words spelled differently but sound the same).

Your Dictionary’s Common Homographs

Grammar in English’s List of Homophones with Sentence Examples & Homophone.com

Confession: We’re all guilty of misusing homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Autocorrect on our smartphones doesn’t make it any easier. Hopefully, these resources will make the process better for us.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s