Spelling the sound /air/: air, are or ear?

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this section.

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.

pair - two together

pare
- to peel

pear
- the fruit
A pair of shoes.

Pare
the apple.

A pear tree.

fare - cost of travel

fair

a) light-coloured
b) not unjust
c) amusement park
d) average, moderate
How much is the train fare?


a) Jane has fair hair.
b) Fair shares for all.
c) All the fun of the fair.
d) He's got a fair chance of winning

bare - uncovered, empty

bear

a) the animal
b) give birth, produce
c) put up with
The room was bare.


a) Polar bears and grizzly bears.
b) Will that tree ever bear fruit?
c) I can't bear that man.

flair - ability, talent

flare
-
a) bright light
b) spread outwards
He has a flair for dancing.


a) We saw the fire flare up.
b) Are flared trousers in fashion?

hair - on the head

hare
- wild animal
She has fair hair.

Hares
run fast.
English spelling Learning tip
Fair hair Learn English spelling words with sound air

wear - put on clothes

ware
- goods of the same type
Kids prefer to wear casual clothes.

Computers need hardware and software.

stair - step

stare
- fixed look
The bathroom is upstairs

Please don't stare at her
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Unit 12: Spelling the sound /air/: air, are or ear?

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