These groups of words sound the same, or similar to each other. It can be confusing to know which one to use when you write. Examples:
- I’m going to Boston.
- I’m hungry and she is too.
- There is too much snow.
- I have two daughters.
- She bought some groceries and then she went home.
- My car is older than your car.
- Plum Island is a pretty place and I’m going there tomorrow.
- They’re very excited kids.
- Their car is in front of my car.
- Can I use your phone?
- You’re my best friend.
- They were at the beach yesterday.
- We’re happy that you can come to visit us.
- Where are you going?
There are many more commonly confused words.
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These groups of words sound the same, or similar to each other. It can be confusing to know which one to use when you write. Examples: Continue reading
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