Ran across these homophones a week or so ago. “Compliment” and “complement” were originally used interchangeably but are distinguished in modern usage. Both can be used either as a noun or verb. “Compliment” is the most often used word, meaning “to say something nice,” with ” the compliment” being the noun and “to compliment,” the verb. Whenever you’re not saying something nice, “complement” which refers to matching or completing is correct.
Tomorrow, A FREE Giveaway (How’s that for redundant?) Rita Bay
Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different spellings and meanings. The horrific homophones of to, too, and two are often confused.
Check out the example below:
The to of us want too go to the movie, two.
The homophones are used incorrectly because “TO” is a preposition used to (1) indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward, or the direction of something, (2) to indicate a time or a period or (3) to indicate a limit or an ending point, “TWO” is the number, and “TOO” is a conjunction which means “in addition” or “also.”
So, the correction should read:
The two of us want to go to the theatre, too.
Tomorrow, A Writer’s Desk. Rita Bay
Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different spellings and meanings.
THE HOMOPHONES OF THE DAY: there, their, and they’re
There going on vacation today.
Where will they leave they’re pet?
We can’t go their.
ALL of the above are WRONG.
THERE is used when referring to a place, whether concrete or more abstract. Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to mention something for the first time.
THEIR is used to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.
THEY’RE is used a contraction of the words they and are. It is only used as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself).
The fix on the sentences above are:
They’re going on vacation today.
Where will they leave their pet?
We can’t go there.
Next week’s This Writer’s Pen, More Horrific Homophones Rita Bay