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Patterns 3 & 4



Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelt differently. It is essential to learn these words to avoid using the wrong spelling when constructing a sentence. Use a dictionary to check spelling if you are unsure.


there, their, they're

know, no

weather, whether

right, write

here, hear

sauce, source

bean, been

Words with 'ie' and 'ei'

'I' comes before 'e' except after 'c'.

Examples of 'ie' words

wield, field, yield

Examples of 'ei' words

deceive, receive, receipt

Some exceptions to this rule

leisure, height, weight, their