How Well Do You Know These Commonly Confused Words ?

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How Well Do You Know These Commonly Confused Words ?

Some words look the same, while others sound the same. Knowing the difference between these similar words can be very tricky. In this quiz we have provided some of the most commonly confused word pairs, with definitions for each and sentences showing them in context. How well do you know these Commonly Confused Words?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The contents of the letter must be taken in its ___ or a misunderstanding could result. 
    • A. 

      Entirety

    • B. 

      Entity

  • 2. 
    What led the police to close in on the murderer was the fact that the dead man’s computer has been ___ with. 
    • A. 

      Tempered

    • B. 

      Tampered

  • 3. 
    In the interview, the reporter asked the pop star what she ___ her huge success too. 
    • A. 

      Ascribed

    • B. 

      Inscribed

  • 4. 
    Only after seeing how Mrs Lee risked her life to save her son from danger did we realise that a mother’s love for her child is ___. 
    • A. 

      Unmeasurable

    • B. 

      Immeasurable

    • C. 

      Measureless

  • 5. 
    You will hardly see bats and owls active in the forest during the day as they are ___ animals. 
    • A. 

      Nocturne

    • B. 

      Nocturnal

  • 6. 
    All of us have ___ needs.  We need food, water, and a roof over our heads. 
    • A. 

      Corporal

    • B. 

      Corporeal

  • 7. 
    Nora had been a ___ girl since she was young.  She liked to observe people and analyse situations in an objective manner. 
    • A. 

      Receptive

    • B. 

      Perceptive

  • 8. 
    It could have been mental ___when you appeared at my door just as I was about to go to your house. 
    • A. 

      Telephony

    • B. 

      Telepathy

  • 9. 
    Johnny was offended by the ___ of his name from the guest list of his best friend’s wedding. 
    • A. 

      Emission

    • B. 

      Omission

  • 10. 
    I’ve been off work for a few days because of the flu, but I’m feeling ___ and hearty again now. 
    • A. 

      Hail

    • B. 

      Hale

  • 11. 
    These algae were once under the same classification but are now regarded as ___ species. 
    • A. 

      Discreet

    • B. 

      Discrete

  • 12. 
    It seems like everybody in this polytechnic has ___ to the internet. 
    • A. 

      Excess

    • B. 

      Access

  • 13. 
    You should be more ___ in sending out your application if you are serious about looking for a job. 
    • A. 

      Reactionary

    • B. 

      Reactive

    • C. 

      Proactive

  • 14. 
    If you can play a flute so well, I am sure you can also play a ___. 
    • A. 

      Loot

    • B. 

      Lute

  • 15. 
    When Alex bought her own apartment, she proceeded to arrange the furniture in each room in perfect ___. 
    • A. 

      Symbol

    • B. 

      Symmetry

    • C. 

      Symphony

  • 16. 
    More troops are being ___ to the battlefront in Iraq to provide reinforcements. 
    • A. 

      Deployed

    • B. 

      Deplored

  • 17. 
    The publication apologised to the business tycoon for mistakenly attributing someone else’s ___ to him. 
    • A. 

      Quote

    • B. 

      Quota

  • 18. 
    Mr Wong is very worried about his retrenchment as he has several ___ to support. 
    • A. 

      Dependants

    • B. 

      Descendants

  • 19. 
    My parents were having an argument and seemed bent on ___ if for as long as possible. 
    • A. 

      Protracting

    • B. 

      Promoting

  • 20. 
    As the police find the death of Mr Lim suspicious, they are going to hold an official ___ to look into the circumstances surrounding his death. 
    • A. 

      Inquisition

    • B. 

      Inquest

    • C. 

      Enquiry

  • 21. 
    The patient’s injured ___ stopped blood from flowing to his heart, causing a massive heart attack. 
    • A. 

      Vain

    • B. 

      Vein

    • C. 

      Vane

  • 22. 
    The man was not sentenced to death for his crime as there were ___ circumstances in his case.  
    • A. 

      Accentuating

    • B. 

      Attenuating

    • C. 

      Extenuating

  • 23. 
    To learn by ___ is not an effective way of learning as it stifles creativity. 
    • A. 

      Rote

    • B. 

      Route

    • C. 

      Wrote

  • 24. 
    The workers have to build the ___ of the ship before starting work on the mast. 
    • A. 

      Hull

    • B. 

      Hulk

  • 25. 
    Coco has a cheerful ___ that is infectious and makes people around her feel light-hearted too. 
    • A. 

      Deposition

    • B. 

      Disposition

    • C. 

      Composition

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