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How Well Do You Know Your Homophones?

This quiz will test your metal.

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  1. Correct
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    who's
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    whose
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Do you know whose birthday cake this is?"

    "Whose" means "relating to or belonging to whom"; "who's" means "who is."

  2. Correct
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    it's
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    its
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "The internet has decided on its favorite Star Wars couple."

    "Its" means relating to or belonging to it; "it's" means "it is."

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    than
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    then
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "These cupcakes are better than a boyfriend."

    "Than" is used for comparisons; "then" means "at that time."

  4. Correct
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    affects
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    effects
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    Wrong!

    "Here's how birth control actually affects your mood."

    "Affects" means "has an effect on"; "effects" is usually a noun, but it can also be a verb that means "makes (something) happen."

  5. Correct
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    lightening
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    lightning
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    Wrong!

    "A massive downpour of rain accompanied the awe-inspiring flashes of lightning."

    "Lightening" is a verb that means "making lighter"; "lightning" is the flashes of light during a storm.

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    accept
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    except
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Did you see Leo's face when Lady Gaga walked up to accept her award?"

    "Accept" means "receive"; "except" means "not including."

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    bare
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    bear
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    Wrong!

    "Their constant chatter was more than I could bear."

    "Bare" means "remove covering from"; "bear" means "endure."

  8. Correct
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    faze
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    phase
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    Wrong!

    "Once you're a parent, gross things don't really faze you."

    "Faze" means "disturb"; "phase" means "part of a process."

  9. Correct
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    aid
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    aide
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "My last job was as a teacher's aide for a private company."

    "Aid" means "help"; "aide" means "helper."

  10. Correct
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    ensure
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    insure
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    Wrong!

    "This comfy couch will ensure you'll never leave your home again."

    "Ensure" means "make sure"; "insure" means "get insurance for."

  11. Correct
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    chords
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    cords
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Julie Andrews lost her full singing voice after an operation on her vocal cords."

    "Chords" are the musical note combos; "cords" are the long thin wires.

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    Forego
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    Forgo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Forgo the body spray or cologne altogether and rely on your deodorant instead."

    "Forego" is to go before; "forgo" is to go without.

  13. Correct
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    elicit
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    illicit
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Drake's sole reason for being is to elicit thirst."

    "Elicit" is a verb meaning "bring out"; "illicit" is an adjective meaning "not allowed."

  14. Correct
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    hoard
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    horde
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    Wrong!

    "When you're being followed by a horde of photographers, every shot counts."

    A hoard is a large collection of something; a horde is a large group of people.

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    principal
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    principle
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Our philosophy is based on a fundamental principle of love and respect."

    A principle is a rule or belief; a principal is the head of a school (and it's also an adjective meaning "most important").

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    flair
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    flare
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    Wrong!

    "To give a T-shirt designer flair, try geometric cutouts."

    Flair refers to style or ability; a flare is a bright light.

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    alludes
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    eludes
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "This is the search for Britney's 'lost album' and the freedom that still eludes her."

    To elude is to avoid or escape something; to allude is to refer indirectly to something.

  18. Correct
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    palate
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    palette
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    pallet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "My husband has an extensive palate and loves to try new foods."

    "Palate" refers to sense of taste; "palette" refers to an artist's tool; "pallet" is a storage platform.

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    shear
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    sheer
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "The couple had their wedding photos taken on a sheer cliff face."

    "Shear" means to cut; "sheer" means very steep.

  20. Correct
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    discreet
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    discrete
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    Wrong!

    "If you have long hair, it's easy to have a discreet undercut."

    "Discreet" means unobtrusive; "discrete" means distinct.

  21. Correct
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    stationary
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    stationery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "The store is paradise for anyone slightly obsessed with stationery."

    "Stationary" means immobile; "stationery" means writing materials.

  22. Correct
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    medal
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    meddle
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    metal
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    mettle
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "To test her mettle, she conducted an interview by emoji."

    A medal is what you get for an achievement; to meddle means to interfere; metal is the shiny substance; mettle is strength of spirit.

  23. Correct
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    pedal/brake
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    pedal/break
    Correct
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    peddle/brake
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    peddle/break
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "She made the common new driver mistake of hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake."

    A pedal is something you push with your foot; peddle means to sell. A brake is a device that makes something slow or stop; break means to fracture.

  24. Correct
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    team
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    teem
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    Wrong!

    "The sun is setting at Burning Man, and the dusty avenues teem with weird life."

    A team is people who work together; to teem is to be full (of something).

  25. Correct
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    pored
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    poured
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    Wrong!

    "We pored over the pages of the magazine."

    To pore is to read intently; to pour is to flow or cause to flow.

  26. Correct
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    reigns
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    reins
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    Wrong!

    "In due time, they shall take the reins of their queendom."

    To reign is to rule over; reins are the straps used to control a horse (or a figurative restraining influence).

 
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