354 Sentences to Test Your Knowledge of Homophones
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1. Her shoes are [two/too] small.
2. He has [two/too] dogs.
3. The Earth orbits around the [son/sun].
4. Their [son/sun] is an only child.
5. The [son/sun] was shining through the window.
6. She [new/knew] how to speak Spanish.
7. He started a [new/knew] job on Monday.
8. He held the railing as he walked down the [stairs/stares].
9. The cat sits in the window and [stairs/stares] at the squirrel.
10. I can [sea/see] the mountains in the distance.
11. Fishermen make their living from the [sea/see].
12. I'll [sea/see] you at the meeting next week.
13. The [sea/see] wall protected the village from the waves.
14. The actors had to shoot the [scene/seen] three times.
15. The cat was last [scene/seen] in the backyard.
16. The crime [scene/seen] was surrounded by yellow tape.
17. Have you [scene/seen] my keys?
18. It's going to rain today [weather/whether] you like it or not.
19. The [weather/whether] on the weekend is supposed to be sunny.
20. The final cost depends on [weather/whether] you choose the small or the large size.
21. The tree [blue/blew] over in the storm.
22. We painted the ceiling [blue/blew].
23. The snowstorm will [affect/effect] thousands of travelers.
24. The [affect/effect] of the changes was unexpected.
25. At the grocery store, coffee is in the same [aisle/isle] as tea.
26. Thousands of seabirds nest on the small [aisle/isle].
27. They weren't [allowed/aloud] to take their dog into the store.
28. The teacher read the instructions [allowed/aloud] to the students.
29. The day was warm, so the students [ate/eight] their lunch outside.
30. She works for [ate/eight] hours every weekday.
31. The dog chased the [ball/bawl] into the neighbor's yard.
32. That movie is so sad; the ending always makes me [ball/bawl].
33. The children [bear/bare] a resemblance to their grandfather.
34. After the sale, the store's shelves were almost [bear/bare].
35. The tourists sat at the [base/bass] of the statue.
36. She plays [base/bass] clarinet in the orchestra.
37. The contractors [billed/build] the company for travel expenses.
38. We want to [billed/build] a new shed in the garden.
39. She [blew/blue] out the candle and went to sleep.
40. He signed the document in [blew/blue] ink.
41. He chopped the onions on the cutting [board/bored].
42. She was [board/bored] because she didn't have any work to do.
43. If you drop your phone, you might [break/brake] it.
44. He had to [break/brake] suddenly to avoid hitting the deer.
45. I [buy/by] most of my books online.
46. I drive [buy/by] the park on my way to work.
47. Seoul is the [capital/capitol] of South Korea.
48. The [capital/capitol] building was built in 1878.
49. The students studied a diagram of a plant [cell/sell].
50. They [cell/sell] postage stamps at the corner store.
51. You can't buy anything with one [cent/sent/scent] anymore.
52. The flowers have a very strong [cent/sent/scent].
53. The doctor [cent/sent/scent] his patient to a specialist.
54. You get only one [chance/chants] to pass the test.
55. The singers practiced their [chance/chants] before the service.
56. Their dog [chews/choose] on the furniture
57. The teacher let the students [chews/choose] their essay topics.
58. Remember to [close/clothes] the windows before you leave.
59. She hung up the [close/clothes] in the closet.
60. He sanded the wood with [coarse/course] sandpaper.
61. He's taking a [coarse/course] in marketing.
62. The stairs [creak/creek] in my house.
63. The [creak/creek] floods every spring.
64. Your parcel should arrive in three [days/daze].
65. I had to get up early, so I've been in a [days/daze] all morning.
66. She's such a [dear/deer] friend.
67. The [dear/deer] ate all the lettuce in the garden.
68. His shoes were soaked from walking through the [dew/do/due].
69. I have to [dew/do/due] my taxes this weekend.
70. My history assignment is [dew/do/due] on Wednesday.
71. Make your decision based on [facts/fax].
72. The printer is also a [facts/fax] machine.
73. He is a very honest and [fair/fare] man.
74. The subway [fair/fare] is going up next week.
75. I can't [find/fined] my wallet!
76. She was [find/fined] for driving over the speed limit.
77. The [flower/flour] has red petals.
78. Add more [flower/flour] if the dough is too sticky.
79. The cake is [for/four] her birthday.
80. Our neighbors have [for/four] children.
81. Richard Dawkins wrote the [foreword/forward] to the second edition of the book.
82. He released the brake, and the tractor slowly moved [foreword/forward].
83. The [gene/jean] for red hair is recessive.
84. The bag is made from [gene/jean] fabric.
85. Don't forget to [grease/Greece] the cake pan.
86. Sophocles was a tragedian from Ancient [grease/Greece].
87. The comedian's jokes are so bad that audiences usually [groan/grown] instead of laugh.
88. A fully [groan/grown] Chihuahua weighs less than the average house cat.
89. She cuts her [hair/hare] short in the summer.
90. A [hair/hare] often visits the garden behind the house.
91. The loft is filled with [hay/hey] for the winter.
92. [Hay/Hey]! Stop! Thief!
93. If properly treated, the wound should [heal/heel] within a few weeks.
94. My new shoes gave me a blister on my right [heal/heel].
95. I can't [hear/here] what he's saying.
96. They'll be [hear/here] tomorrow.
97. Say [hi/high] to Sarah for me.
98. The shelf is too [hi/high] for me to reach.
99. After the concert, his voice was [hoarse/horse] from cheering.
100. We keep a [hoarse/horse], two cows, and six chickens.
101. The water leaked in through a [hole/whole] in the roof.
102. I read the [hole/whole] book over the weekend.
103. Their appointment lasted for almost an [hour/our].
104. We're visiting [hour/our] grandparents on the weekend.
105. The medieval [knight/night] was known for his horsemanship.
106. Raccoons are more active at [knight/night].
107. Hold on, I've got a [knot/naught/not] in my shoelace.
108. In the end, our efforts were all for [knot/naught/not].
109. I'm [knot/naught/not] going to work today.
110. Do you [know/no] how to speak Spanish?
111. There's [know/no] water in the swimming pool.
112. We [leased/least] the apartment for the summer.
113. The early morning flight is the [leased/least] expensive.
114. You have to repay the [loan/lone] by the end of the month.
115. He is the [loan/lone] occupant of the building.
116. I [made/maid] fresh coffee if you'd like some.
117. They hired a [made/maid] to clean the house.
118. I'll [mail/male] you the invoice.
119. A [mail/male] deer is called a buck.
120. They plan to [marry/merry] in the spring.
121. The band played a [marry/merry] tune.
122. The pasta is served with a [meat/meet] sauce.
123. She plans to [meat/meet] him at the airport.
124. After dicing the onion, [mince/mints] the garlic.
125. The waiter gave the diners some complimentary [mince/mints].
126. I slept in and [missed/mist] the bus!
127. The rain slowed down and became a light [missed/mist].
128. I have to work in the [morning/mourning], but I'm free in the afternoon.
129. The family were in [morning/mourning] for a month.
130. [None/Nun] of the witnesses could identify the suspect.
131. At age 25, she took her vows and became a [none/nun].
132. Each passenger is allowed [one/won] piece of carry-on luggage.
133. The candidate [one/won] the vote by a narrow margin.
134. We collected the clams in a plastic [pail/pale].
135. Are you all right? You look [pail/pale].
136. The house has a [pear/pair] tree in the backyard.
137. I need to buy a new [pear/pair] of gloves.
138. Training your dog requires a lot of [patience/patients].
139. The doctor is accepting new [patience/patients].
140. Would you like a [piece/peace] of cake?
141. I escaped to the library for some [piece/peace] and quiet.
142. Print your essay on [plain/plane] white paper.
143. The [plain/plane] circled the airport and prepared for landing.
144. If the [rain/reign] continues, the river might flood.
145. My great-grandfather was born during the [rain/reign] of Queen Victoria.
146. I [read/red] that book in one sitting!
147. The [read/red] dress is my favorite.
148. Drive two blocks and turn [right/write] at the traffic lights.
149. I try to [right/write] in my journal every day.
150. The [road/rode] is closed for repairs.
151. I [road/rode] my bike to work this morning.
152. Wear leather gloves when pruning the [rose/rows] bush.
153. The table has twenty [rose/rows] and five columns.
154. We watched the balloon [sail/sale] away on the breeze.
155. When I bought my tablet, it was on [sail/sale].
156. The film's director decided to reshoot the [scene/seen].
157. The children had never [scene/seen] snow before.
158. My parents moved to a small house by the [sea/see].
159. I can't wait to [sea/see] her new movie!
160. My grandmother taught me how to [sew/so] my own clothes.
161. It's [sew/so] cold outside!
162. She was the [sole/soul] passenger on the bus.
163. Some say brevity is the [sole/soul] of wit.
164. Their [son/sun] is a dentist.
165. I like to hang my laundry outside in the [son/sun] to dry.
166. Watch your step—the third [stair/stare] has a broken tread.
167. If you [stair/stare] at the optical illusion, the circles appear to be moving.
168. I watched the crow [steal/steel] food from the picnickers.
169. Many skyscrapers have [steal/steel] frames.
170. We bought a three-piece [suite/sweet] for the living room.
171. The dessert was too [suite/sweet] for my tastes.
172. They took [their/there] grandchildren to the zoo.
173. Are [their/there] any volunteers?
174. He [threw/through] the wrapper into the garbage.
175. We drove [threw/through] a thunderstorm on the way here.
176. I'm going [to/too/two] university in the fall.
177. She wants one [to/too/two].
178. We have [to/too/two] cats and a dog.
179. Try to [vary/very] your routine to avoid boredom.
180. The investigator was [vary/very] thorough.
181. The dress is too tight around the [waist/waste].
182. Don't leave the tap running and [waist/waste] water.
183. Please [wait/weight] behind the line.
184. The bulk store sells food by [wait/weight].
185. He enlisted in the army and went to [war/wore] when he was only eighteen.
186. I [war/wore] my new shoes today.
187. I usually [wear/where] boots when I go hiking.
188. Do you know [wear/where] the library is?
189. I'm recovering from the flu, and I still feel [weak/week].
190. Your parcel should arrive next [weak/week].
191. In the summer, the [weather/whether] can be very hot around here.
192. I don't know [weather/whether] to laugh or cry.
193. [Which/Witch] brand do you recommend?
194. You dress up as a [which/witch] every Halloween!
195. We installed [wood/would] flooring throughout our house.
196. He [wood/would] prefer to speak with you in person.
197. [There/Their/They're] isn't time to waste!
198. After recess, the students returned to [there/their/they're] desks.
199. I wonder where [there/their/they're] going.
200. If [you're/your] busy, I can come back later.
201. What is [you're/your] last name?
202. The courier left the parcel [by/buy/bye] the front door.
203. I'll [by/buy/bye] lunch today.
204. OK, [by/buy/bye]! I'll see you later!
205. The rabbit remained [stationary/stationery] to avoid being seen.
206. She wrote thank-you letters on personalized [stationary/stationery].
207. Many restaurants serve [complimentary/complementary] bread with the meal.
208. In the logo, the blue contrasts well with its [complimentary/complementary] color, yellow.
209. You'll have to [brake/break] hard when you go down the hill.
210. Don't try to force the window open, or you might [brake/break] it.
211. The doctor prescribed her a [course/coarse] of antibiotics.
212. The dog's fur is very thick and [course/coarse].
213. It was a beautiful day, so I [ate/eight] my lunch in the park.
214. As its name suggests, the octopus has [ate/eight] arms.
215. It's too cold for [bare/bear] legs today.
216. In the summer, the [bare/bear] eats a lot of berries.
217. I'm saving up to [buy/by/bye] a new laptop.
218. This song was written [buy/by/bye] John Lennon.
219. [Buy/By/Bye]! I'll see you tomorrow!
220. The prisoner banged his cup against the bars of his [cell/sell] .
221. I'm going to [cell/sell] my old laptop online.
222. The dog's paws were wet from the [dew/do/due] on the lawn.
223. What should I [dew/do/due] if the power goes out?
224. I'm stressed out! I have another assignment [dew/do/due] tomorrow.
225. The wind gusted, and a speck of dirt blew into my [eye/I].
226. [Eye/I] can't remember my password!
227. I played the [fairy/ferry] Cobweb in A Midsummer's Night Dream.
228. The [fairy/ferry] doesn't run in bad weather, leaving the islanders cut off from the mainland.
229. The recipe calls for two cups of [flour/flower].
230. The plant's [flour/flower] is small but strongly scented.
231. We're still waiting [for/four] Anne to arrive.
232. Many mammals walk on all [for/four] legs.
233. You'll have to speak louder; I can't [hear/here] what you're saying.
234. Is everybody [hear/here]?
235. You have exactly one [hour/our] to complete the exam.
236. We hired a professional to paint [hour/our] house.
237. Do you [know/no] how to swim?
238. The old house has [know/no] central heating.
239. When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be a [knight/night] in King Arthur's court.
240. My cat likes to run around the house at [knight/night] when I'm sleeping.
241. Your invitation will be sent by [mail/male].
242. If you want to have two cats, a [mail/male] and a female will usually get along.
243. I'm not sure if I want to [marry/merry] him.
244. She sent a present to wish her grandmother a [marry/merry] Christmas.
245. I try to eat less [meat/meet] and more vegetables.
246. Tomorrow, I have to [meat/meet] with the new manager.
247. Human cells have 23 [pairs/pears] of chromosomes.
248. I'm making poached [pairs/pears] for dessert.
249. Am I doing this the [right/write] way?
250. I [right/write] a weekly column for the local newspaper.
251. Eagles have excellent vision and often hunt their prey by [sight/site].
252. The construction [sight/site] was surrounded by a chain link fence.
253. My sister has one [son/sun] and two daughters.
254. Many traffic accidents occur when drivers are blinded by [son/sun] glare.
255. The travelers waited to collect [their/there/they're] luggage.
256. Why do we have to go [their/there/they're]? Can't we stay here?
257. I don't think they know what [their/there/they're] doing.
258. I can't wait [to/too/two] go camping next weekend.
259. I thought the soup was [to/too/two] salty.
260. Many families own [to/too/two] cars nowadays.
261. I work better if I can focus on [one/won] task at a time.
262. A guy at my office [one/won] the lottery!
263. [Wait/Weight] for the cookies to cool before you eat them.
264. I need to lose [wait/weight], so I've started walking to work.
265. Can I [wear/where] jeans, or is that too casual?
266. I'll never forget [wear/where] I was when I heard the news.
267. You can leave your coats over [their/there/they're].
268. They have a swimming pool at [their/there/they're] house.
269. [Their/There/They're] closing early on Christmas Eve.
270. The printer uses [to/too/two] ink cartridges, one black and one color.
271. I hope this meeting isn't [to/too/two] long.
272. He has [to/too/two] leave for work at six in the morning.
273. The robin is busy building [its/it's] nest.
274. Let me know when [its/it's] time to leave.
275. Are you [sure/shore] this is the right address?
276. Houses built near the [sure/shore] are at greater risk of flooding.
277. There is a weather vane on the [peak/peek/pique] of the barn roof.
278. The author posted a sneak [peak/peek/pique] of her latest novel on her website.
279. Comfort food can help [peak/peek/pique] their appetite.
280. Thank you for the thoughtful [compliment/complement].
281. Their different personalities [compliment/complement] each other well.
282. If you can't find a solution, take a [break/brake] and work on something else.
283. Make sure to put on the parking [break/brake] when you park your car.
284. He's the only [one/won] here who can speak Japanese.
285. Kazuo Ishiguro [one/won] the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.
286. I have to [meet/meat] with my lawyer this afternoon.
287. Season the [meet/meat] with salt and pepper, and then brown it in a hot pan.
288. The wind gust almost blew me off my [feet/feat]!
289. Giving medicine to my cat is no easy [feet/feat].
290. His [toe/tow] protruded from a hole in his sock.
291. We watched the tugboat [toe/tow] the ship into harbor.
292. The [creek/creak] eventually flows into a larger river.
293. She heard the front door [creek/creak] open as he returned home.
294. She learned to [read/reed] when she was only four years old.
295. The duck hid her ducklings among the dense [reads/reeds].
296. Stop signs are usually [red/read].
297. I [red/read] the directions, but I still can't figure out how it works.
298. Swallows seem to spend most of their time in the [air/heir].
299. His wife is [air/heir] to the family fortune.
300. The snowshoe [hare/hair] turns white in the winter.
301. I have three dogs, so my house is usually covered in [hare/hair].
302. I try to travel lightly, packing only the [bare/bear] essentials.
303. The grizzly [bare/bear] was skilled at catching salmon.
304. His words [wield/wheeled] tremendous influence among his followers.
305. I [wield/wheeled] the recycling bin to the curb.
306. The bird flew [through/threw] the open window.
307. She [through/threw] the stick for her dog.
308. He sharpened his pencil, [but/butt] the lead broke as soon as he started writing.
309. The politician was frequently the [but/butt] of comedians' jokes.
310. If you don't water your houseplants, they will [die/dye].
311. The actor had to [die/dye] his hair black for the role.
312. They often drink [wine/whine] with their meals.
313. The dog will [wine/whine] at the door when he wants to go out.
314. The truck driver pulled over to the side of the [road/rode].
315. I [road/rode] the bus to school every morning.
316. My aunt has a pet [Road/Rode/Rhode] Island Red rooster.
317. I have only one [pair/pear] of shoes.
318. That [pair/pear] isn't ripe enough to eat yet.
319. The monkey hung from the tree by its [tail/tale].
320. My grandfather told us a [tail/tale] about his childhood.
321. Do you have [time/thyme] to proofread my essay?
322. I grow [time/thyme] in a pot on my balcony.
323. Martens and [fishers/fissures] are closely related carnivorous mammals.
324. After the earthquake, the pavement was cracked with deep [fishers/fissures].
325. I didn't have time to watch the [whole/hole] movie.
326. The badger dug a [whole/hole] in the garden.
327. When I'm [bored/board], I get sleepy.
328. The carpenter sawed the [bored/board] in half.
329. I won't [bore/boar] you with the details, but I finally finished my taxes.
330. The wild [bore/boar] is the ancestor of most domestic swine.
331. Fertilize your tomato plants to [ensure/insure] a good harvest.
332. Remember to [ensure/insure] your vehicle before you drive it.
333. There's nothing wrong with my [sight/site]; I wear glasses because I like how they look.
334. We visited the [sight/site] of the historic battle.
335. Mange is caused by a type of parasitic [mite/might].
336. I [mite/might] be wrong, but I think the store is closed today.
337. I felt the [effect/affect] of the medication almost immediately.
338. A poor night's sleep can [effect/affect] your whole day.
339. Will you [be/bee] coming to the Christmas party?
340. A [be/bee] landed on the flower.
341. I've never seen [so/sew] many fireflies!
342. I learned to [so/sew] in home economics.
343. My [Aunt/Ant] Caroline is my mother's youngest sister.
344. An [aunt/ant] can carry up to 50 times its body weight.
345. When my calculations are wrong, I have to [pore/pour] over the spreadsheet to find the error.
346. While whisking constantly, slowly [pore/pour] the oil into vinegar in a steady stream.
347. The tornado [tore/tour] through the city's industrial district.
348. They gave us a [tore/tour] of their new house.
349. I'll be on holidays next [week/weak].
350. This coffee is too [week/weak].
351. In the summer, she often makes mixed [berry/bury] cobblers.
352. The squirrels [berry/bury] the peanuts under the snow.
353. I don't know [whether/weather] I should leave or stay.
354. He always checks the [whether/weather] in the morning before he leaves for work.
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