The words correspondence, correspondents sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do correspondence, correspondents sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: correspondence, correspondents are homophones of the English language.
The act, fact, or state of agreeing or conforming.
Similarity or analogy.
Communication by the exchange of letters.
The letters written or received.
Plural form of correspondent.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.