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

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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.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

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

    • A.

      Institution

    • B.

      Institutional

    • C.

      Institutionalize

    • D.

      Institutionalized

    Correct Answer
    A. Institution
    Explanation
    Brookings is referred to as a well-known institution located in Washington, D.C. This implies that it is an established and recognized organization or establishment in the area. The word "institution" fits this context as it accurately describes Brookings as a reputable and significant entity in its field.

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  • 2. 

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

    • A.

      Emphasis

    • B.

      Emphasized

    • C.

      Emphasize

    • D.

      Deemphasized

    Correct Answer
    A. Emphasis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "emphasis." In the sentence, the word "more" indicates that the universities need to increase the level of something. The word "emphasis" is the only option that fits this context, as it means to give importance or focus. The other options, "emphasized," "emphasize," and "deemphasized," do not make sense in this sentence.

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  • 3. 

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

    • A.

      Abbreviation

    • B.

      Abbreviated

    • C.

      Abbreviate

    • D.

      Unabbreviated

    Correct Answer
    C. Abbreviate
    Explanation
    In a professional email, it is not a good idea to abbreviate words. Abbreviations can be confusing and may not be understood by the recipient. It is important to use clear and concise language in professional communication to ensure that the message is easily understood and professional in tone.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    E. Suboptimal
    Explanation
    The given sentence states that the report was full of errors and appeared to be hastily assembled. The team is fortunate that they were not fired for their work. The term "suboptimal" accurately describes their performance in this context, as it means falling short of the best or most effective outcome. The other options, such as "optimum," "optimal," "optimize," and "optimally," do not convey the idea of the team's work being below the desired standard.

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  • 5. 

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

    • A.

      Primary

    • B.

      Primarily

    Correct Answer
    A. Primary
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "primary" because it indicates that the accountant's main or most important job is to ensure that the company's financial records are well-kept.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Conclusion
    Explanation
    After discovering that the student plagiarized her final essay, the ethics committee reached a decision or judgment that she should be suspended for a semester. This decision is the conclusion that the committee came to based on the evidence of plagiarism.

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  • 7. 

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

    • A.

      Drama

    • B.

      Dramatic

    • C.

      Dramatize

    • D.

      Dramatically

    • E.

      Undramatic

    Correct Answer
    B. Dramatic
    Explanation
    The programming team wanted to put together a much more dramatic event next year. This suggests that the team wants to create an event that is more exciting, impactful, and filled with suspense or intense emotions. They aim to make the event more engaging and captivating for the audience by incorporating dramatic elements.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Suit
    Explanation
    The word "suit" in this context means to be appropriate or well-matched for something. The sentence suggests that the person believed their new position in the company would be a good fit for them. They were excited about the opportunity to supervise the new team, indicating that they believed the position would suit them well.

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  • 9. 

    They responded _____________________ that they liked the teams new direction

    • A.

      Agreement

    • B.

      Agreeable

    • C.

      Agree

    • D.

      Agreeably

    • E.

      Unagreeable

    Correct Answer
    D. Agreeably
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "agreeably" because it is an adverb that describes how they responded. By using "agreeably," it suggests that their response was positive and in line with the teams new direction.

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