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Let’s play a game called ‘Odd One Out’ Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in English Language, English Vocabulary

There is an expression in English, ‘odd one out’, which means that one member or item of a group is different and doesn’t fit the rest of the group. Today, I have some groups of words for you, in which you have to find the odd one out. Take a look at the groups of words below and see how quickly you can spot the odd one out, the word that doesn’t fit with the others. The faster you can find it the better. The answers and reasoning for the answers are below. Good luck!

Odd one out homophones:
1.    eye, and, I
2.    at, ate, eight
3.    bee, be, bay, B
4.    there, their, they’re, these
5.    white, right, write

Odd one out vocabulary:
1.    Fall, Autumn, Summer
2.   tiger, catamaran, lion
3.    donkey, horse, colt, mare
4.    train, bicycle, boat, car
5.    Saturday, Monday, Sunday

In the answers below the odd one out is in bold.

(As a reminder homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but different meaning.)

1.    eye, and, I – ‘and’ is pronounced differently than the other two words
2.    at, ate, eight – ‘at’ is pronounced differently than the other two words
3.    bee, be, bay, B – ‘bay’ is pronounced differently than the other two words and one letter
4.    there, their, they’re, these – ‘these’ is pronounced differently than the other three words
5.    white, right, write – ‘white’ is pronounced differently, but very closely, to the other two words

1.    Fall, Autumn, Summer – Summer is a season, like the others, but Fall and Autumn describe the same season
2.    tiger, catamaran, lion – catamaran is a type of boat, but tiger and lion are types of cats
3.    donkey, horse, colt, mare– all of these words, except donkey, and words for horses
4.    train, bicycle, boat, car – all of these vehicles have wheels that help them move, except a boat
5.    Saturday, Monday, Sunday– Monday is not a weekend day, but Saturday and Sunday are part of the weekend

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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


  1. Elsa Hermawati:

    Hi Gabriele, my name is Elsa. I want to ask you about Odd one out games. I want to know more about that game. can you explain it ?

    • Gabriele:

      @Elsa Hermawati Elsa,
      Odd one out games are games in which a person tries to find which thing, in a group of things, is ‘odd’ or ‘different’ from the other things. In this post you are asked to look at a group of words and find out which word is ‘odd’ or ‘different’ from the other words in some way.
      Does that explanation help?