|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.
|sent - mailed
cent - 100 = $1
scent - perfume
|I sent Dad a birthday card.
It cost 40 cents.
Your scent smells really great.
|sell - trade for money
1. small closed room
2. small part of e.g. body
|I'm going to sell my old car.
1. The prisoner was locked in a cell.
2. Plants contain millions of tiny cells.
|seller - person who sells
cellar - basement room
|There's a flower seller at the station.
The wine will keep cool in the cellar.
|sauce - ketchup
source - origin
|I like lots of sauce on my burger.
Do you know the source of the rumour?
|council - governing group
counsel - advice
|The council won't allow any more
I was given counselling after the accident.
|seen - from 'see'
2. part of a film or play
|Have you seen my car keys?
1. This is the scene of the accident.
2. She appears in the last scene of the film.
|symbol - sign
cymbal - brass disc, used as a musical instrument
|This symbol means 'add' :
Bang two cymbals together.
|peace - opposite of war
piece - part, section
|If the baby is asleep there is peace
Don't eat it all, leave me a piece.
|cereal - wheat, corn
serial - told in parts
|Most children like cereal for breakfast.
This TV drama is a weekly serial.
|ceiling - roof of room
sealing - closing, sticking
|We've painted the ceiling white.
This package needs sealing.
|place - location
plaice - fish
|This place is far too crowded for
Plaice is a flat, white sea fish.
|sight - something seen
site - place
cite - quote, name
|I caught sight of her in the crowd.
This is the site of the new superstore.
He was cited in court.
|cygnet - young swan
signet - mark made by seal
|Cygnets have brown plumage, not
Father has left me his signet ring.
|Cyprus - country
cypress - tree
|Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean
A cypress is a type of fir tree.
|These two words do not sound exactly the same but are often confused as the first syllable of each has a weak vowel sound:|
|accept - agree, take
except - not including
|Will you accept my apology?
Everyone is allowed to go except me.
|Two more words that do not sound exactly the same but are often confused as the first syllable of each has a weak vowel sound:|
|access - approach, way in
excess - too much
|There is no access to the
beach from here.
There was an excess of noise at the party.
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