Commonly Confused Words


Jazz up your vocabulary with new words that you can use in your day-to-day conversation.

The English language is filled with words that sound the same yet have different meanings. Here is a list of some commonly confused words.


Choose the option that is closest in meaning to the main word and complete the sentence.

1. Thoroughly satisfied with the food and service, the journalist wrote a ____ review about the new restaurant.
(a) complementary  (b) complimentary

2. Although Tom pretended to be _____ , his deceitful nature was soon exposed by his colleague.
(a) ingenuous  (b) ingenious

3. During his lecture, the history professor made several ____ to Greek mythology.
(a) illusions  (b) allusions

4. Fitness experts recommend wearing ____ clothes that do not restrict movement while exercising.
(a) loose  (b) lose

5. ____ allowing users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests, social networking websites serve as a platform for job opportunities.
(a) beside  (b) besides

6. The Chief Minister has planned a week-long trip to the southern part of the state in a bid to ____ rural votes.
(a) canvass  (b) canvas

7. Unfortunately most of the information put forth by the accused was not supported by____ sources and was in fact contradicted.
(a) credulous  (b) credible

8. Melting ice caps, rising sea levels and increasing temperatures are signs of _____ global warming.
(a) imminent  (b) eminent

9. While the shop was being robbed by armed teenagers, the customers remained ____to avoid being shot at.
(a) stationary  (b) stationery

10. The newly appointed managerial committee’s _____ approach was instrumental in quickly resolving the workers’ disputes.
(a) uninterested  (b) disinterested



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6. a, 7. b, 8. a, 9. a, 10. b


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