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Sunday, April 19, 2009

HOMOPHONES

In the English language there are lots of pairs of words with the same pronunciation.
For instance, the words AIR and HEIR have different meanings but they sound the same. Words like these are called HOMOPHONES. Here is a list of them:

air – ar / heir – herdeiro
ant – formiga / aunt – tia
beat – bater / beet - beterraba
berry – bago, fruto / bury – enterrar
brake – freio / break – quebrar
by – por (preposição) / buy – comprar
cell – cela, célula / sell – vender
cheap – barato / cheep – pio (de passarinho), piar
die – morrer / dye – tingir, tintura
fair – feira, justo / fare – passagem (de ônibus, etc)
flea – pulga / flee – fugir
flour – farinha / flower – flor
hear – ouvir / here – aqui
hair – cabelo / hare – lebre
higher – mais alto / hire – alugar, empregar
hole – buraco / whole – inteiro
hour – hora / our – nosso (a)
knot – nó / not – não
knows – sabe, conhece / nose – nariz
dear – querido(a) / deer – cervo, veado
male – macho, masculino / mail – correspondência
meat – carne / meet – conhecer, encontrar
pair – par / pear – pera
peace – paz / piece – pedaço
peal – estrondo, repique / peel – casca, descascar
praise – elogio / prays – ora, reza
pray – orar, rezar / prey – presa, rapina
rain – chuva / rein – rédea
read – passado e part. passado de to read / red – vermelho
right – certo / write – escrever
road – estrada / rode – passado de to ride
role – papel (que se desempenha) / roll – giro, rotação
root – raiz / route – rota
sail – navegar / sale – liquidação, venda
sea – mar / see – ver
scene – cena /seen – particípio passado de to see
seam – costura, junta, sutura / seem – parecer
sew – costurar / sow – semear
sighs – suspira / size – tamanho
sight – visão / site – sítio, página na internet
son – filho / sun – sol
stair – degrau / stare – olhar fixamente
stake – estaca / steak – bife
steal – roubar / steel – aço
tail – cauda, rabo / tale – conto
to - para / too – também / two – dois
waist – cintura / waste – desperdício, perda
wait – esperar / weight – peso
way – caminho, modo / weigh – pesar
wood – madeira / would – verbo auxiliar
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