Different Pronunciation and Different Meaning but Same Spelling:
wound (wow nd) (woo nd)
The bandage was wound around the wound.
produce (pro deuce) (praw deuce)
The farm was used to produce produce.
refuse (re fuze) (ref use)
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
polish (pawl ish) (pole ish)
We must polish the Polish furniture.
lead (leed) (led)
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
desert (de zert) (dez ert)
The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
present (prez ent) (pre Zent) (prez ent)
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
bass (bas) (base)
A bass fish was painted on the head of the bass drum.
dove (duv) (doe v)
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
object (ub ject) (ob ject)
I did not object to the object.
invalid (in val id) (in ve lid)
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
row (rhymes with cow) (roe)
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
(note: the row cow one is not so popular, I never use it)
close (clo s) (clo z) (2nd one sounds like 'clothes')
They were too close to the door to close it.
doe (duz) (doe z)
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
sewer (so er) (sue wer)
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
sow (rhymes with how) (so)
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
wind (win d) (wine d)
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
numb (num ber) (num er)
After a number of injections my jaw got number.
tear (teer) (tair)
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
subject (sub Ject) (sub jct)
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
intimate (in ti mate) (in ti mit)
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
content (cun tent) (con tent)
I am content with the content.
relativity (rel a tiv i ty) (rela tiv ly)
The Theory of Relativity is relatively easy to understand.
project (pro ject) (praw ject)
When do you project the project will be done?
route (root) (r out)
Take the rural route and route a path between those two trucks.
exposé (ex poe zay) (ex poze)
The exposé will expose you.
always (ul wayz) (awl wayz)
We are always in all ways here.
resume (ree zyoom) (re zoo may)
I will resume with writing my resumé after dinner.
minute (min et) (my nyute)
A minute is minute compared to the age of the universe.
convert (con vert) (cn vert)
Get a convert that you can convert to your way of thinking.
sake (sa kay) (saik)
I drink sake for the sake of it.
Confusing Words by Pronunciation:
read (reed) (red)
Some I read, some I've read.
live (liv) (lyv)
Live life. Live music.
can (cn) (kan) (ken)
Can the bottle hold soup? I know the can can.
-This word has the same meaning, but the pronunciation changes depending on it's position in the sentence.
mobile (mo bile) (mo bl) (actually the one word has to possible pronunciations, so either way doesn't matter)
Let's make mobile the mobile home to Mobile Alabama.
critique critic (cri teek) (cri tick)
I'll critique the critic.
conscious conscientious conscience (con shus) (con she en shus) (con shen s)
When I'm conscious I'm conscientious of having a clear conscience.
affiliate (a fill ee ate) (a fill ee at)
It is good to affiliate with a successful affiliate vendor.