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Words with the same pronunciation

There are many pairs of words that have the same pronunciation in standard British English. Some of the commonest ones are listed below.
  • altar - alter
  • bass - base
  • bear - bare
  • berry - bury
  • blew - blue
  • boar - bore
  • born - borne
  • bough - bow
  • bread - bred
  • break - brake
  • bridal - bridle
  • caught - court
  • cell - sell
  • cereal - serial
  • chord - cord
  • coarse - course
  • complement - compliment
  • core - corps
  • council - counsel
  • creak - creek
  • cue - queue
  • curb - kerb
  • currant - current
  • cymbal - symbol
  • dear - deer
  • dew - due
  • die - dye
  • draught - draft
  • earn - urn
  • fair - fare
  • feat - feet
  • fir - fur
  • flaw - floor
  • flea - flee
  • flour - flower
  • fort - fought
  • foul - fowl
  • gorilla - guerrilla
  • grate - great
  • hair - hare
  • hangar - hanger
  • heal - heel
  • heard - herd
  • here - hear
  • heroin - heroine
  • hoarse - horse
  • hole - whole
  • key - quay
  • knead - need
  • knew - new
  • knight - night
  • knot - not
  • know - no
  • lain - lane
  • leak - leek
  • lessen - lesson
  • loan - lone
  • made - maid
  • mail - male
  • main - mane
  • maize - maze
  • medal - meddle
  • miner - minor
  • moan - mown
  • morning - mourning
  • naval - navel
  • none - nun
  • one - won
  • packed - pact
  • pain - pane
  • peace - piece
  • peal - peel
  • pedal - peddle
  • peer - pier
  • place - plaice
  • plain - plane
  • pole - poll
  • pore - pour - poor
  • pray - prey
  • principal - principle
  • profit - prophet
  • raise - raze
  • rap - wrap
  • raw - roar
  • retch - wretch
  • ring - wring
  • road - rode
  • role - roll
  • root - route
  • sail - sale
  • sauce - source
  • scene - seen
  • sea - see
  • seam - seem
  • shear - sheer
  • sole - soul
  • some - sum
  • son - sun
  • sow - sew
  • stair - stare
  • stake - steak
  • stalk - stork
  • stationary - stationery
  • steal - steel
  • storey - story
  • tail - tale
  • tear - tier
  • there - their
  • threw - through
  • throne - thrown
  • toe - tow
  • too - two
  • vain - vein
  • wail - whale
  • waist - waste
  • wait - weight
  • war - wore
  • warn - worn
  • way - weigh
  • weak - week
  • whether - weather
  • which - witch
  • whine - wine
The verb read has the same pronunciation as reed, but its past form, also spelled read, has the same pronunciation as red. The noun lead has the same pronunciation as led, the past form of the verb lead.
There are also the following groups of words which are pronounced the same in standard British English:
  • awe - oar - ore
  • buy - by - bye
  • cent - scent - sent
  • cite - sight - site
  • flew - flu - flue
  • meat - meet - mete
  • pair - pare - pear
  • poor - pore - pour
  • peak - peek - pique
  • rain - reign - rein
  • rite - right - write
  • saw - soar - sore
  • so - sow - sew
  • ware - wear - where
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