How Well Do You Know These Commonly Confused Words ?

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How Well Do You Know These Commonly Confused Words ? - Quiz

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

    Correct Answer
    A. Entirety
    Explanation
    If the contents of the letter are not taken in its entirety, there is a possibility of misunderstanding. This means that all the information and details in the letter should be considered as a whole, without omitting or overlooking any part. If only a portion of the letter is taken into account, important context or information may be missed, leading to confusion or misinterpretation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Tampered
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tampered." The word "tampered" means to interfere with or make unauthorized changes to something. In this context, the fact that the dead man's computer had been tampered with suggests that someone had accessed or altered it, which likely provided crucial evidence or information that led the police to close in on the murderer.

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  • 3. 

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

    • A.

      Ascribed

    • B.

      Inscribed

    Correct Answer
    A. Ascribed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ascribed." This is because the verb "ascribe" means to attribute or give credit to something or someone. In this context, the pop star is being asked what she attributes her huge success to. "Inscribed" does not fit in this context as it means to write or carve words onto a surface.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Immeasurable
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "immeasurable." This is because the sentence describes how Mrs Lee risked her life to save her son, which demonstrates the immense and limitless love a mother has for her child. The word "immeasurable" means that something cannot be measured or quantified, emphasizing the boundless nature of a mother's love.

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  • 5. 

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

    • A.

      Nocturne

    • B.

      Nocturnal

    Correct Answer
    B. Nocturnal
    Explanation
    Bats and owls are known as nocturnal animals because they are primarily active during the night. They have adapted to hunt and navigate in low light conditions and their senses are specialized for nighttime activities. This is why it is rare to see them active in the forest during the day.

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  • 6. 

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

    • A.

      Corporal

    • B.

      Corporeal

    Correct Answer
    B. Corporeal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "corporeal." This is because the word "corporeal" means relating to the body or physical existence. In the given context, it is stating that we all have physical needs such as food, water, and shelter, which are essential for our corporeal well-being.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Perceptive
    Explanation
    The word "perceptive" means having or showing an ability to understand or notice things easily or quickly. In the given context, Nora is described as a girl who likes to observe people and analyze situations objectively. This suggests that she has a keen ability to understand and notice things easily, making "perceptive" the correct answer.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Telepathy
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "telepathy". This is because telepathy refers to the ability to communicate with another person's mind without using any known sensory channels. In this context, the speaker is suggesting that the person appearing at their door just as they were about to go to their house could be explained by the concept of telepathy, as if the person somehow knew their intentions without any physical communication.

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  • 9. 

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

    • A.

      Emission

    • B.

      Omission

    Correct Answer
    B. Omission
    Explanation
    Johnny was offended by the omission of his name from the guest list of his best friend's wedding. This means that his name was intentionally left out or forgotten, which made him feel excluded and hurt.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Hale
    Explanation
    The word "hale" means strong and healthy. In the given sentence, the speaker mentions that they had been off work due to the flu, but now they are feeling strong and healthy again. Therefore, "hale" is the correct answer as it accurately describes the speaker's current state of health.

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  • 11. 

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

    • A.

      Discreet

    • B.

      Discrete

    Correct Answer
    B. Discrete
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "discrete". This is because the sentence is referring to multiple algae species that were once classified together but are now seen as separate or distinct species. "Discrete" means separate or distinct, while "discreet" means careful or cautious.

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  • 12. 

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

    • A.

      Excess

    • B.

      Access

    Correct Answer
    B. Access
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "access." This is because the sentence is talking about everyone in the polytechnic having something related to the internet. "Excess" does not make sense in this context, but "access" means having the ability or permission to use the internet, which fits the sentence.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Proactive
    Explanation
    Being "proactive" means taking initiative and being proactive in taking action. In the context of the question, if someone is serious about looking for a job, they should be proactive in sending out their application. This means they should actively search for job opportunities and submit their applications without waiting for them to come to them. Being proactive demonstrates a proactive attitude and willingness to take action, which is important in the job search process.

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  • 14. 

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

    • A.

      Loot

    • B.

      Lute

    Correct Answer
    B. Lute
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that if someone is skilled at playing the flute, they would also be able to play a lute. This implies that both instruments require similar techniques or skills, indicating a correlation between the two. Therefore, the correct answer is "lute".

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  • 15. 

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

    • A.

      Symbol

    • B.

      Symmetry

    • C.

      Symphony

    Correct Answer
    B. Symmetry
    Explanation
    When Alex bought her own apartment, she proceeded to arrange the furniture in each room in perfect symmetry. This means that she arranged the furniture in a balanced and harmonious way, where one side of the room mirrors the other side. This creates a sense of order and visual appeal in the space.

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  • 16. 

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

    • A.

      Deployed

    • B.

      Deplored

    Correct Answer
    A. Deployed
    Explanation
    The word "deployed" means to send out or position troops or resources in a specific location for a particular purpose. In this context, the sentence is stating that more troops are being sent to the battlefront in Iraq to provide reinforcements. Therefore, "deployed" is the correct answer as it accurately describes the action of sending troops to the battlefront.

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  • 17. 

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

    • A.

      Quote

    • B.

      Quota

    Correct Answer
    A. Quote
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "quote" because the publication mistakenly attributed someone else's words or statement to the business tycoon.

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  • 18. 

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

    • A.

      Dependants

    • B.

      Descendants

    Correct Answer
    A. Dependants
    Explanation
    Mr Wong is worried about his retrenchment because he has several people depending on him for support. The word "dependants" refers to individuals who rely on someone else for financial or emotional support. In this context, Mr Wong's dependants could be his family members or other individuals who are dependent on him for their well-being. "Descendants," on the other hand, refers to a person's offspring or future generations, which is not relevant to Mr Wong's concern about his retrenchment.

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  • 19. 

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

    • A.

      Protracting

    • B.

      Promoting

    Correct Answer
    A. Protracting
    Explanation
    The word "protracting" means prolonging or extending something, typically in a negative or unpleasant situation. In this context, the parents are having an argument and they are determined to continue the argument for as long as possible, indicating that they are intentionally trying to extend or protract the argument. Therefore, the correct answer is "protracting."

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Inquest
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "inquest." An inquest is a formal investigation conducted by a coroner or a jury to determine the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding it. In this case, since the police find Mr Lim's death suspicious, they would hold an official inquest to gather evidence and information to determine what happened to him. An inquisition refers to a formal inquiry or investigation, but it is typically associated with legal proceedings or historical contexts. An enquiry is a general term for seeking information or investigating a matter, but it does not necessarily imply a formal investigation like an inquest does.

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  • 21. 

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

    • A.

      Vain

    • B.

      Vein

    • C.

      Vane

    Correct Answer
    B. Vein
    Explanation
    The patient's injured vein stopped blood from flowing to his heart, causing a massive heart attack.

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  • 22. 

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

    • A.

      Accentuating

    • B.

      Attenuating

    • C.

      Extenuating

    Correct Answer
    B. Attenuating
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "extenuating." This is because "extenuating circumstances" refer to factors that make a crime less severe or deserving of a lesser punishment. In this case, the man's circumstances were not severe enough to warrant a death sentence.

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  • 23. 

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

    • A.

      Rote

    • B.

      Route

    • C.

      Wrote

    Correct Answer
    A. Rote
    Explanation
    Learning by rote refers to memorizing information without understanding or critical thinking. This method of learning can stifle creativity because it focuses on repetition and regurgitation of information rather than encouraging students to think critically, problem-solve, and apply knowledge in innovative ways. Rote learning does not promote deep understanding or the development of creative thinking skills, which are essential for fostering creativity and originality in learning.

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  • 24. 

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

    • A.

      Hull

    • B.

      Hulk

    Correct Answer
    A. Hull
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hull". The hull refers to the main body or frame of a ship, which is built before the mast. The hull provides the structure and shape of the ship, and it is essential to construct it first to ensure stability and support for the mast and other parts of the ship. The mast, on the other hand, is the tall vertical structure that supports the sails of a ship. Therefore, it is logical and necessary for the workers to build the hull before starting work on the mast.

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  • 25. 

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

    • A.

      Deposition

    • B.

      Disposition

    • C.

      Composition

    Correct Answer
    B. Disposition
    Explanation
    The word "disposition" refers to a person's inherent qualities of mind and character, particularly their temperament or nature. In this context, Coco has a cheerful disposition, meaning that she naturally possesses a positive and happy attitude. This disposition is infectious, meaning that it spreads to those around her, making them feel light-hearted as well.

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  • 26. 

    The ___presented a good case in court on behalf of his client. 

    • A.

      Barrister

    • B.

      Barista

    Correct Answer
    A. Barrister
    Explanation
    A barrister is a legal professional who represents clients in court. They are trained in the law and have the expertise to present a strong case on behalf of their clients. In this context, the word "presented" suggests that the individual is advocating for their client's interests in a legal setting, which aligns with the role of a barrister. On the other hand, a barista is a person who prepares and serves coffee, which is unrelated to the legal profession and court proceedings.

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  • 27. 

    The tiny canoe was carried away by the mighty ___ of the rapids. 

    • A.

      Currents

    • B.

      Currants

    Correct Answer
    A. Currents
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "currents" because the sentence is referring to the powerful flow of water in the rapids. "Currents" refers to the movement of water, while "currants" are small dried fruits and do not make sense in the context of the sentence.

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  • 28. 

    Jaden rubbed ___ onto the part of his leg where he had hurt himself.  ointment

    • A.

      Lineament

    • B.

      Liniment

    • C.

      Ointment

    Correct Answer
    B. Liniment
    Explanation
    Jaden used liniment to rub onto the injured part of his leg. Liniment is a type of topical medication that is applied to the skin to relieve pain or inflammation. It is commonly used for muscle aches, sprains, and bruises.

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  • 29. 

    As there was free-flow of beer that night, the patrons in the pub drank heavily, consuming the alcohol in ___ within 2 hours. 

    • A.

      Droughts

    • B.

      Draughts

    Correct Answer
    B. Draughts
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "draughts" because it refers to a large quantity of beer being consumed. "Droughts" is not the correct spelling and does not make sense in the context of the sentence.

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  • 30. 

    Having lived for a hundred years, the ___ had undergone so much in life that it deserved to be documented. 

    • A.

      Centurion

    • B.

      Centenary

    • C.

      Centenarian

    Correct Answer
    C. Centenarian
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "centenarian." A centenarian is a person who has lived for a hundred years or more. In the given sentence, the blank is referring to someone who has experienced a lot in life due to living for a hundred years. Therefore, a centenarian is the most appropriate term to describe this person.

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