Review Quiz: Commonly Confused Words

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Words that are similar in sound, spelling, or meaning can be confusing. But if you have studied our Glossary of Usage: Commonly Confused Words, you should have no trouble completing this short review quiz.

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 (where you'll also find links to discussions of these commonly confused words).

  1. She worked harder (than, then) she had ever worked before.
  2. If I had known your number, I would (have, of) called.
  3. The bingo game has (all ready, already) started.
  4. (Whose, Who's) shorts are hanging from the flagpole?
  5. Justin has (alot, a lot) of problems.
  6. The program changes will not (affect, effect) you.
  7. What is your (principal, principle) reason for moving to Chicago?
  8. (Whose, Who's) hiding in your closet?
  9. Last year Becky (lead, led) the league in goals.
  10. Get your facts first, and (than, then) you can distort them as much as you please.
  11. The (affects, effects) of climate change are already appearing in places from Miami to Alaska.
  12. There cannot be a crisis next week: my schedule is (all ready, already) full.
  13. Computers are being called on to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework (formally, formerly) eaten by the dog.
  14. Kate (implied, inferred) that she had a good alibi, but Jack (implied, inferred) otherwise from her nervous behavior.
  1. Critics are predicting that the TV series CSI won’t last much longer because (fewer, less) people are watching it these (days, daze).
  2. Although the recording (device, devise) was primitive, (you're, your) voice came across clearly.
  3. I was (conscience, conscious) after the collision but (to, too) frightened (to, too) move.
  1. (Quiet, Quite, Quit) was restored, and the judge (preceded, proceeded) with the case.
  2. Following the ice storms, (there, their, they're) (maybe, may be) a plague of locusts and a swarm of frogs.
  3. The handle was (lose, loose) and could (have, of) fallen off at any moment.
     

For the answers to this quiz, turn to page two.

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Below (in bold) are the answers to the Review Quiz on Commonly Confused Words. For more information about these confusables, click on the highlighted words. 
 

  1. She worked harder than she had ever worked before.
  2. If I had known your number, I would have called.
  3. The bingo game has already started.
  4. Whose shorts are hanging from the flagpole?
  5. Justin has a lot of problems.
  6. The program changes will not affect you.
  1. What is your principal reason for moving to Chicago?
  2. Who's hiding in your closet?
  3. Last year Becky led the league in goals.
  4. Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
  5. The effects of climate change are already appearing in places from Miami to Alaska.
  6. There cannot be a crisis next week: my schedule is already full.
  7. Computers are being called on to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
  8. Kate implied that she had a good alibi, but Jack inferred otherwise from her nervous behavior.
  9. Critics are predicting that the TV series CSI won’t last much longer because fewer people are watching it these days. 
  10. Although the recording device was primitive, your voice came across clearly.
  11. I was conscious after the collision but too frightened to move.
  12. Quiet was restored, and the judge proceeded with the case.
  13. Following the ice storms, there may be a plague of locusts and a swarm of frogs.
  1. The handle was loose and could have fallen off at any moment.

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