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Confusing Vocabulary Words

written by: mattbeckwith
 
Some vocabulary words in English are easily confused. See how well you know these commonly mis-used words.

Question 1:


Is this the correct usage of the word "inferring"?
"By saying that I look good today, are you inferring that I did not look good yesterday?"
Yes
No

Question 2:


Is this the correct usage of the word "continually"?
"Professor Smith gave a speech yesterday. He spoke continually for 3 hours."
Yes
No

Question 3:


Which of these sentences is correct?
From whence did he come?
If you build it, thence he will come.
Whence did he come?
From hence to eternity, I will search.

Question 4:


Which of these sentences is correct?
His diplomatic efforts effected a compromise.
His diplomatic efforts were affective in brooking a compromise.
His manner may not be effete, but it's certainly effected.
His constant smiling after the death of his brother drove the psychologist to conclude that his effect was incongruous with his mood.

Question 5:


Which of the following is correct?
None of these is correct.
The only acceptable score is a perfect score, e.g. 100%.
There are many makes of automobile, i.e. Toyota and Mazda.
Some fruits are sour, e.g. lemons.

Question 6:


Which of these is correct?
The capital building is located in the capitol.
The capital building is located in the capital.
The capitol building is located in the capital.
The capitol building is located in the capitol.

Question 7:


In the following sentence, which word is incorrect?
The school's unprincipled principal understands the principle of the argument.
principal
unprincipled
None of the words is incorrect; the sentence is correct as is.
principle

Question 8:


Which of the following is NOT a synonym of the word "reticent"?
Silent
Reluctant
These are all synonyms of the word "reticent".
Restrained

Question 9:


Which of the following is incorrect?
The class comprised 30 people.
These are all correct usages of the word "comprised".
Thirty people comprised the class.
The class was comprised of 30 people.

Question 10:


Which of these is incorrect?
He awoke at six.
He awakened at six.
All of these sentences are correct.
He woke up at six.

 


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