Improve your English Pronunciation 16

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Some words in English share the same pronunciation and they have different spelling and meaning.

Take a look at the words below. Each pair or group of words share the same pronunciation.

aid – to help or assist
aide – assistant

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brake – stop pedal
break – smash

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add – to increase in amount, number or degree
ad – advertisement

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bread – bakery food
bred – form of breed

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air – atmosphere (the stuff we breathe)
heir – a person who inherits the estate of another
err – to make a mistake

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buy – to purchase
by – beside
bye – farewell

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aisle – walkway
I’ll – I will
isle – island

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build – to construct
billed – past tense of to bill

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allowed – permitted
aloud – out loud

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ceiling – top of the room
sealing – to close a package or envelope

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ant – picnic pest
aunt – relative, as in your mom’s sister

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cellar – under a house
seller – one who sells

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ate – chewed up and swallowed
eight – number after seven

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census – demographic information
senses – faculties

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banned – prohibited
band – a group of people with similar interest

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cell – compartment
sell – to exchange for money

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bare – uncovered
bear – grizzly animal

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cent – penny coin
sent – past tense of to send
scent – an aroma

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berry – fruit from a bush
bury – to put underground

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cereal – breakfast food
serial – sequential

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be – to exist
bee – buzzing insect

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Chile – country in South America
chili – bean stew
chilly – frosty

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beach – sandy shore
beech – type of tree

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cite – quote
site – location
sight – view

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beat – to pound
beet – type of edible plant

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close – opposite of open
clothes – clothing

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been – past participle of the verb to be.
bean – an edible seed

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colonel – military officer
kernel – seed

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bite – nibble
byte – computer data like in gigabyte

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council – committee
counsel – guidance

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blew – past of blow
blue – color of ocean

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crews - group of people working at a common activity
cruise – ride on a boat

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board – flat piece of wood or other hard material
bored – feeling impatient or dissatisfied, because you
are not interested in something or because you have nothing to do.

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