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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?
From hence to eternity, I will search.
If you build it, thence he will come.
Whence did he come?

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

 


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