As we've seen, it's easy to confuse words that are similar in sound, spelling, or meaning. But if you have studied our Glossary of Usage: Commonly Confused Words, you should have no trouble completing this short review quiz.
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Review Quiz: Commonly Confused Words
Choose the word in parentheses that completes each sentence correctly. When you're done, compare your responses with the answers on page two.
- She worked harder (than, then) she had ever worked before.
- If I had known your number, I would (have, of) called.
- The bingo game has (all ready, already) started.
- (Whose, Who's) shorts are hanging from the flagpole?
- Britney has (alot, a lot) of problems.
- The program changes will not (affect, effect) you.
- What is your (principal, principle) reason for wearing a parrot on your head?
- (Whose, Who's) hiding in your closet?
- Last year Beckham (lead, led) the league in goals.
- Get your facts first, and (than, then) you can distort them as much as you please.
- The ultimate result of shielding men from the (affects, effects) of folly is to fill the world with fools.
- There cannot be a crisis next week: my schedule is (all ready, already) full.
- Computers are being called on to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework (formally, formerly) eaten by the dog.
- Kate (implied, inferred) that she had a good alibi, but Jack (implied, inferred) otherwise from her nervous behavior.
- Many are predicting that the TV series Lost won’t last much longer because (fewer, less) people are watching these (days, daze).
- Although the recording (device, devise) was primitive, (you're, your) voice came across clearly.
- I was (conscience, conscious) after the collision but (to, too) frightened (to, too) move.
- (Quiet, Quite, Quit) was restored, and the judge (preceded, proceeded) with the case.
- Following the ice storms, (there, their, they're) (maybe, may be) a plague of locusts and a swarm of frogs.
- The handle was (lose, loose) and could (have, of) fallen off at any moment.
For the answers to this quiz, turn to page two.