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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."
No
Yes

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


Which of these sentences is correct?
His diplomatic efforts were affective in brooking a compromise.
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.

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


Which of these is correct?
The capital building is located in the capitol.
The capitol 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.
principle
unprincipled
principal
None of the words is incorrect; the sentence is correct as is.

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

Question 10:


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

 


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