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I am a simple word.
To me, add a single letter, and it will make the opposite of me.
To me, add a different letter, and it will create my homophone.
To me, add a different letter, and I won't be so good.

Can you guess?

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    $\begingroup$ For clarification, is each line adding on to the prior one, or is it all from the original word? $\endgroup$ – PartyHatPanda Apr 10 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ All from the original word. That is why I said "To me " every time $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ If the title is meant to be a constraint to the type and location of the letter addition, may I strongly recommend you make that abundantly clear. Right now the puzzle per se only requires adding a single letter, vowel or consonant, at any place in the word - which may be your intent, but given the title I suspect not. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 10 at 20:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio I think the title only refers to "me" the original and target word of the riddle. $\endgroup$ – SwiftPanda Apr 10 at 20:37
  • $\begingroup$ If that's the case, there are likely to be many good solutions - so I rather hope it's meant to be more restrictive. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 10 at 22:27
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Could it be

our

Add a single letter, it will make the opposite of me

Your - not ours, but yours

Add a different letter, it will create my homophone

Hour

Add a different letter, and I won't be so good

Sour

And with the title and intro:

It is a simple word with a vowel in the middle!

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this answer is good (certainly a better fit than my own) but I think the homophone is very accent dependent! $\endgroup$ – SwiftPanda Apr 10 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ I suspect that either this IS the answer, or the answer is not much of a better fit $\endgroup$ – micsthepick Apr 10 at 21:07
  • $\begingroup$ @micsthepick I think there are likely several possible answers. Though I would argue my latest attempt is an even better fit :) $\endgroup$ – SwiftPanda Apr 10 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ That was wonderful $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 21:51
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Second attempt (paying attention to title)

Led

Add a single letter, it will make the opposite of me

Fled (Opposite of leading is fleeing)

Add a different letter, it will create my homophone

Lead

Add a different letter, and I won't be so good

Bled (Bleeding typically is not good)

Original attempt

Ad (as in advertisement)

Add a single letter, it will make the opposite of me

Fad (weakest link for sure)

Add a different letter, it will create my homophone

Add (addition)

Add a different letter, and I won't be so good

Bad (not good, obviously I worked backwards here)

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    $\begingroup$ Vowel in the middle??? $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose it depends how you define middle. To be honest I had overlooked the title :) $\endgroup$ – SwiftPanda Apr 10 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ Great second attempt $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 21:51
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An alternative answer to those already given

Nob = a person of high social position

To me, add a single letter, and it will make the opposite of me.

Noob = a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet.

To me, add a different letter, and it will create my homophone.

Knob

To me, add a different letter, and I won't be so good.

Snob = a person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and looks down on those regarded as socially inferior.

Title

It has a vowel in the middle.

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    $\begingroup$ another great answer $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 11 at 0:13

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