Penfriend software products claim to support you with Homophones.
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.
Homophones that are spelled the same are also both homographs and homonyms.
Homophones that are spelled differently are also called heterographs. The term "homophone" may also apply to units longer or shorter than words, such as phrases, letters or groups of letters that are pronounced the same as another phrase, letter or group of letters.
Homophones, sometimes known as 'confusables' are words which have a similar sound but differ in spelling and meaning. Examples of homophones include 'there' and 'their', 'where' and 'were' and so on.
With over 400 homophones in the English language, similar sounding words add depth to a language but they can also be the cause of great frustration. Spell checkers can't even be relied upon where these troublesome homophones are concerned.
The problem with most homophones is that if you're typing too quickly or not paying close attention to what you're writing, you could accidently end up with a properly spelled word, except it's the wrong word. Confusables are often highlighted by dyslexic people as a source of annoyance and confusion.
With Penfriend's new 'Confusable word hints' you can now see and even hear the difference between confusable words so there's no excuse to get 'pair' and 'pear' or 'bear' and 'bare' mixed up anymore.
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