WRITING TIP TWO
HOMONYM - HOMOPHONE - HOMOGRAPH
Words that are spelled, look, or sound the same but aren’t.
Here is the breakdown in the simplest of terms:
• Homonym – Multiple meaning words, as in: Suit yourself – He wore a suit.
• Homophone – Words that sound alike, as in: I want to go – I like it too – One plus one is two.
• Homograph – Same spelling, different pronunciation, different meaning, is in: Bass – Fish — Bass – instrument.
This is one of the resource websites I use when I am not 100% sure on a homonym. https://www.spellingcity.com/homophones-and-homonyms.html
Normally, the point of my writing tips is to break down what is usually explained in such technical terms that it confuses more than helps most writers, but I cannot put the explanation on this particular subject any better, and certainly would not be able to give better examples or a more comprehensive list than what vocabulary.com has.
This subject is another reason I am not a fan of editing software compared to a solid education in English and the use of the human brain. There are only a handful of other examples where software such as spell check can fail you so completely. Hell, I've been known to double-check spell check...lol
In other words, it will be a cold day in hell before I relinquish control of something like editing to something akin to Skynet for writers...just sayin'.