SIGHT, SITE, CITE are HOMOPHONES, tricky words that sound (PHON) the same (HOMO) and love to create confusion. To clear your confusion in the shortest, sweetest way possible, this spoonful contains definitions, example sentences, and related words for each. Enjoy!
SIGHT = (n.) something that you see or observe; (v.) to catch a glimpse of
*** When at last we meet again, you will be a sight for my tired, lonely eyes!
*** I caught sight of you peering through the window when I drove by your house.
Related words: eyesight, sightseeing, oversight
SITE = (n.) a location, a place; (v.) to place in a certain location; placed; located
*** That's the site of the proposed playground.
*** Our house was sited a bit too close to wetlands.
Related words: website, situation, situate
CITE = (v.) to quote, praise, or summon (to court)
***Make sure to properly cite your sources in your papers.
***Mr. Jones was cited in the Sunday paper for his heroic deeds.
***Three youths were cited to appear in court as a consequence of their misdeeds.
Related words: citation, recite, recitation
That's a wrap! I hope I've cleared your confusion. For other tricky homophone duos and trios, check out the following linked Spoonfuls:
#20 - Homophone Fun; #26 - End Past/Passed Confusion and #34 - Peek, Peak, and Pique.
Stay safe, everyone! Thank you for reading A Spoonful of Grammar.
Laura Fineberg Cooper
4/23/2020 09:26:42 am
It's always refreshing to see your blog still rolling along through these strange times. I finally paid a long overdue visit to my own. Best wishes for continued good health and safety!
4/23/2020 02:25:05 pm
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