Homonym Report

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Published Jan 02, 2019

The Homonym Report finds those words which you may have misspelled. It will search for homonyms, homophones and homographs.

Homonyms are words which are pronounced and spelled alike, but have different meanings. For example:

  • lead (verb meaning to be at the forefront) and lead (noun meaning cable, rope or leash)
  • right (noun/adjective meaning good or correct) and right (noun meaning a direction; the opposite of left)
  • address (verb meaning to speak to someone) and address (noun meaning precise location of a home or business)

Homophones are words which sound alike, but have different spellings and meanings. For example:

  • they're (contraction of they are), there (adverb used to indicate a place) and their (third-person pronoun meaning belonging to them)
  • see (verb meaning to sense with the eyes) and sea (noun meaning a large area of saltwater subject to tides and waves)

Homographs are words which are spelled alike, but can be pronounced differently and have meanings. For example:

  • bow (noun meaning a knot and two loops, usually made with string, ribbon or shoelaces) and bow (verb meaning to bend the head or upper body in polite greeting or prayer)
  • live (verb meaning to exist) and live (adverb meaning broadcast in real time)
  • wind (noun meaning natural movement of the air) and wind (verb meaning to move in a circular or twisting manner)

When you write quickly, it is easy to choose the incorrect word. Browse through the underlined words to check that you have chosen the correct one. If you hover over the word, the alternatives will be displayed as a tooltip.

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when words like "the" "to" and "in" are flagged as homonyms, this report quickly becomes useless.
By vloebel on 07 March 2016, 06:03 PM
It flags "the" and "new". And what's the point to flag "to" and not like any other (free) tool suggest if to or too are correct in the context?
By Aurorasa on 16 February 2017, 03:36 AM
Is there any way you can delete words from the report, such as 'the' and 'in'? I tried the 'ignore rule' option, but that only applies to one word at a time... The report gets pretty unworkable if pretty much every word is highlighted...
By mariskaslieker on 29 November 2018, 08:27 PM
Agree. I'm never going to confuse the with thee. Not a priest writing a new Bible. To and too, OK. Need a way to uncheck certain words.
By Dman883 on 05 June 2019, 05:36 PM
Never mind. You can hide any word using the pane on the left. Excellent!
By Dman883 on 05 June 2019, 05:38 PM