I don’t know about you but I still have to pause and think about which word is the correct one to use when I am working on my WIP. There are so many that are spelled the same, sound the same but have different meanings. Some sound the same, are spelled differently and have different meanings. Do you see where I am going with this?
Let’s take the Homonyms – these are words that sound the same, are spelled the same but have different meanings. For example: lie (an untruth) and lie (lie down) or pen (writing instrument) and pen (enclosure for animals).
Then there are Homophones – a type of homonym; words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. For example: see (sight) and sea (body of water) or ail (poor health) or ale (a beverage)
Homographs are words that have the same spelling but have more than one meanings. For example: lead (a metal) and lead (to guide) or back ( step back) or back (part of anatomy).
Then there are the Heteronyms…
Don’t forget the synonyms and all they bring, but that’s for another post.
Great writing requires you know the difference in word usage; I hope these lists prove useful.
All my best,