Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Hear / Here - Homophones

On a recent trip back to the United Kingdom, I noticed this sign outside a pub.  I wondered if any of our students would be able to spot the mistake?

Did you get it?

"Hear to stay" should be "Here to stay".  A common mistake due to the two words sounding exactly the same but the spelling being different depending on the meaning.  We call two words that sound the same but are spelt differently depending on their meaning Homophones.  

A good way to remember is that Hear, when referring to listening, has the word ear in it, so you know that to hear, is to perceive by the ear.  

Example:  Did you hear the doorbell?

Other examples of words that sound the same with different spellings:

  • Their / There

Their is the possessive form of they.  
There means in or at that place, as opposed to here meaning in this place - remember this way to spell there also includes the word here

  • Witch / Which

A Witch is a woman who is said to have magical powers, we usually see pictures of witches at halloween.  To remember when to use this spelling of witch, you might like to think of a witch with an itch on the end of her long, green nose.  

Which is used to identify what of more than one item is being identified.
Example: Which one of these do you want?
We also use which to describe further details about an object that has already been mentioned. 
Example:  This is my house, which is quite small.  

There are many other homophones in the English language, see if you can think of some more and ways to remember the correct spelling.  

Written by Sally


  1. I am not sure about how to remember the spelling but here is three I can think of , maybe you could lets us know how to remember ..

    Great and Grate

    Carrot and Carat ..

    Knead and Kneed..Need

  2. nYjxm0 bqjgwthnhcys, [url=]qsmhqpnuiprr[/url], [link=]uwmblqsxplzw[/link],

  3. 8bqAvc sgipclxakekd, [url=]ppnqocibjfgq[/url], [link=]mxcrfiophsxs[/link],

  4. Spo5V3 gpbksyagoywc, [url=]olhuebmdcpgo[/url], [link=]bfdtksdqurif[/link],

  5. A motivating discussion is worth comment. There's no doubt that that you ought to publish more on this topic, it
    may not be a taboo matter but generally people do not discuss these subjects.
    To the next! All the best!!