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Role and Roll

Commonly Confused Words


Role and Roll

The noun role refers to a character or part played by a performer.

Roll has many senses. As a noun, it may refer to a portion of bread or a list of names of persons belonging to a group. As a verb, roll means to move, wrap, or throw.


  • "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." (Anais Nin)

  • "When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty.'" (Theodore Roosevelt)

  • Each player may roll the dice only once per turn.


(a) Bart Simpson is not the best _____ model for youngsters.

(b) The teacher nibbled on a cinnamon ____ while reading the class _____.

(c) How far can you _____ a hoop until it falls over?

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