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Track and Tract

Commonly Confused Words


As a noun, track refers to a path, route, or course. The verb track means to travel, pursue, or follow.

The noun tract refers to an expanse of land or water, a system of organs and tissues in the body, or a pamphlet containing a declaration or appeal.


  • Tarmac gave way to a dirt track in the village of Jowai.

  • The diver reached between the jaws of the shark to dislodge a grappling hook that was stuck in the animal's digestive tract.


(a) He bought a _____ of land in northeastern Tennessee.

(b) Governments have to look at a range of options to get their economies back on _____ after a recession.

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