These Words Sound Familiar But Are Different - Can You Identify?

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These Words Sound Familiar But Are Different - Can You Identify?

Words that having similar sounds are called homonyms. Within the category of homonyms are two commonly confused concepts: homographs and homophones. Homographs are words that are may have the same spelling, but have different meanings and that may have different pronunciations.


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  • 1. 
    Brookings is a well-known _________________, located in Washington, D.C.
    • A. 

      Institution

    • B. 

      Institutional

    • C. 

      Institutionalize

    • D. 

      Institutionalized

  • 2. 
    Universities should put more _________________ on the students than they currently do.
    • A. 

      Emphasis

    • B. 

      Emphasized

    • C. 

      Emphasize

    • D. 

      Deemphasized

  • 3. 
    It is not a good idea to _______________ words in a professional email.
    • A. 

      Abbreviation

    • B. 

      Abbreviated

    • C. 

      Abbreviate

    • D. 

      Unabbreviated

  • 4. 
    The report was full or errors and looked like it had been put together at the last minute. The team is lucky they didn't get fired for their _________________ work.
    • A. 

      Optimum

    • B. 

      Optimal

    • C. 

      Optimize

    • D. 

      Optimally

    • E. 

      Suboptimal

  • 5. 
    The accountant's ____________ job is to make sure the company's financial records are well-kept.
    • A. 

      Primary

    • B. 

      Primarily

  • 6. 
    After it was discovered that the student plagiarized her final essay, the ethics committee reached the _______________ that she should be suspended for a semester.
    • A. 

      Conclusion

    • B. 

      Conclusive

    • C. 

      Conclude

    • D. 

      Conclusively

  • 7. 
    The programming team wanted to put together a much more __________________ event next year.
    • A. 

      Drama

    • B. 

      Dramatic

    • C. 

      Dramatize

    • D. 

      Dramatically

    • E. 

      Undramatic

  • 8. 
    He thought his new position in the company would _______________ him well. He was looking forward to overseeing the new team.
    • A. 

      Suitability

    • B. 

      Suitable

    • C. 

      Suit

    • D. 

      Suitably

    • E. 

      Unsuitable

  • 9. 
    They responded _____________________ that they liked the teams new direction
    • A. 

      Agreement

    • B. 

      Agreeable

    • C. 

      Agree

    • D. 

      Agreeably

    • E. 

      Unagreeable

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