Whose too no?

Do you know how many errors appear in the title?  If you responded that  all of the words are incorrect, then you’re probably familiar with homophones.  (The correct title should be “Who”s to Know?”) These words have the same sound but different spellings and different meanings, and English has many of them.  Do not confuse them with homonyms, also called homographs, which are words with the same spelling but different meanings, such  as: bow, state, tear, wind, and a multitude of others. Homophones and homonyms can cause difficulty for someone learning English, and they often bewilder many native speakers. Let’s take a look at a few of the most prominent homophones and clarify some of that confusion, starting with the title.

  1. Who’s= who is     This is a contraction (or shortened form of a word), e.g.  Who’s that?
  2. Whose= ownership   Whose hose is that?


  1. To= location  We can go to the park later.
  2. Too= also or very     It may be too late for them to meet us at the park, too.
  3. Two= the number 2  The drive to the shore may take two hours, too.


  1. Know= to understand      Do you know the answer?
  2. No=negative    No, I don’t remember


  1. There= location (the opposite of here) We can walk there together.
  2. Their= ownership  (Notice the word heir in the word–someone who possesses an inheritance.)  Their house is under construction.
  3. They’re= contraction for they are     They’re going to move into their new home over there.


  1. Its= ownership   The cat licked its paw.
  2. It’s= ALWAYS a contraction for it is.  It’s not too difficult to understand.


  1. peace=tranquility or quiet    We hope for peace.
  2. piece=part of (Hint: a piece of pie)  Have you had a piece of pie


  1. principal=most important, chief   The principal ingredient of success is determination.
  2. principle= doctrine or assumption  Always adhere to your principles.








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