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Similar Sounding Commonly Confused Words: Sight and Site


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The words sight and site sound similar when spoken, but are different words.

The word sight can be used both as a noun and as a verb.

As a noun the meanings of sight are: view; spectacle; scene; vision; display; vision; eyesight.

As a verb the meanings of sight are: notice; spot; see; glimpse; observe.

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The word site can be used both as a noun and as a verb.

As a noun the meanings of site are: place; location; spot; position.

As a verb the meanings of site are: put; situate; locate.


Sample Usage

Examples of sight as a noun:
1. It was a horrifying sight to see the skier tumbling over and over down the steep slope.
2. Shripal lost the sight in one eye after the accident.
3. The sun setting on the horizon over the calm sea is a pleasant sight.

Examples of sight as a verb:
1. The rare butterfly came into sight and I quickly captured it on my camera.
2. “We can sight it better if we climb further up”, the bird watcher told the group.
3. The speaker at the science workshop urged the students to head to the terrace and use the telescope to get a good sight of the moon.

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Examples of site as a noun:
1. Shriram decided to set up a small guest house at the vacant site behind his farmhouse.
2. The site of the bombing was converted into a memorial.
3. Firemen rushed to the site of the inferno.

Examples of site as verb:
1. The engineer repeatedly instructed the trainees on the importance of precise site with regard to the pipes.
2. "Yes, you can site it exactly there", shouted the leader to the lead climber who was putting the flat on the mountain peak.


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