|Homophones with the long /ā/
If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.
|made - done, built
maid - young woman, servant
|I made that birthday card myself
The maid brought the tea on a tray.
male - man
mail - post
Male birds do not lay eggs.
The mail is late again today.
|sail - on a boat
sale - act of selling
|He sailed around the
I put a 'For Sale' sign in my old car.
|mane - horse's hair
main - most important
|Kate brushed her horse's mane.
We don't want to live near the main road.
|plain - simple, not
plane - airplane
|Our dad prefers plain
food to spicy.
The plane was delayed by fog.
|lane - small road
lain - past tense of lay
|Flowers grew at the side of the lane.
The body had lain there for weeks.
|whale - the sea mammal
wail - crying noise or siren
Wales - part of Britain
|The blue whale is the
The baby gave a loud wail.
Charles is the Prince of Wales.
|pane - piece of glass
pain - hurt
|The window had a broken pane.
I was in great pain after my fall.
|waste - use more than
waist - middle of body
|Don't waste your money
on that ride.
I have lost weight around my waist.
|vale - valley
veil - covering the face
|There are many villages in
the Vale of York.
The bride wore a long white veil.
|shake - move about
sheik - Arab chief
|The earthquake made the ground
The sheik rode a beautiful horse.
|wait - stay
weight - heaviness
|Wait here until I get back.
To win the cake you must guess its weight.
weigh - measure weight
1) Which way shall we go?
2) I don't like the way you said that.
How much do you weigh?
|wade - walk through water
weighed - past tense of weigh
|We had to wade across the stream
Mum weighed out a kilo of flour.
|slay - kill in battle
sleigh - sledge
|Did St George slay a dragon?
The sleigh was pulled by reindeer.
|ate - past tense of eat
eight - number 8
|We ate far too much last night.
I get to work at eight o'clock.
|gate - door in fence
gait - way of walking
|Please close the garden gate.
That horse has a very odd gait.
|pray - talk to God
prey - hunted animal
|Muslims pray in a mosque.
The eagle preys on small animals.
1) admiring oneself
vein - blood vessel
vane - weather-vane
1) Some pop stars are very vain.
2) He waited in vain for her to call.
The veins in my leg are swollen.
There is a weather-vane on top of the church.
|rain - wet weather
reign - rule as king or queen
reins - to lead a horse
|The heavy rain caused some flooding.
Queen Victoria reigned for 64 years.
Hold the reins lightly.
2) very good
1) Grate some cheese to go in the sauce.
2) Clean out the ashes from the grate.
1) I paid a great deal of money for that.
2) Will he make a great President?
|brake - slow down
2) gap, rest
|I stood on the brakes to miss the
1) Be careful not to break that glass.
2) We had a break half-way through the lesson
|stake - post
steak - meat
|The fence was made of wooden stakes.
They serve the best steak in town.
|There are many homophones for the long
To remember them all:
Go to the next part of this unit:
Spelling the long vowel sound /ē/