One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘Cite’, ‘site’, or ‘sight’?
Although cite, site, and sight are pronounced the same, they have different meanings and spellings. Cite means ‘refer to (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work’, as in:
He does not cite any source for this assertion.
When used as a noun, site means ‘a place where something is constructed or has occurred’, as in:
the site of the battle
Sight chiefly means ‘the faculty or power of seeing’, as in:
The dog lost its sight as it got older.
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