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Homophone Potpourri Series: Part IV

The English language brings with it a never-ending list of homophones, or
words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings.¹ Many spelling errors occur because of confusion between homophones, so this week's tip features a "potpourri" of homophones for your comparison.

The following definitions are excerpts from Dictionary.com.² Example sentences are original content by Accu-Assist.

●   Sight: The power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.  (noun)
  Example: The sense of sight is one we often take for granted.
●   Sight: Something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London. (noun)
  Example: We spent the day taking in the city's sights and sounds.
●   Sight: To see, glimpse, notice, or observe: to sight a ship to the north. (verb)
  Example: During the cruise, we sighted several small islands on the horizon.
●   Site: The position or location of a town, building, etc., esp. as to its environment: the site of our summer cabin. (noun)
   Example: We haven't yet found the perfect site for our new house.
●   Site: A website.  (noun)
  Example: For additional grammar tips, please visit my site.
●   Cite: To quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), esp. as an authority: He cited the Constitution in his defense.  (verb)
  Example: Ensure that you've cited all the references in your report.
Cite: To mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example: He cited many instances of abuse of power.  (verb)
  Example: She cited several occasions when he had arrived late for work.

Did any of these homophones take you by surprise? I'd love to hear about it! Just email me to let me know which ones were new to you.

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1. Wikipedia contributors. "Homophone." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophone (accessed September 2, 2007).

2. Dictionary.com. http://dictionary.reference.com/ (accessed September 2, 2007).