Confused Words Exercise (170)

In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.)

  • She was ____ to dance!

  • The management distributed a memo to __________ everyone of the incident.

  • The mountain climbers avoided the glacier’s _______.

  • They constitute a formidable voting ______.

  • Ultimately, we achieved a ________ outcome.

Answers and Explanations

1. She was born to dance!

Born means to be brought into life, while borne is the past participle of the verb to bear.

2. The management distributed a memo to apprise everyone of the incident.

Apprise means to give notice, while appraise means to estimate the value of something.

3. The mountain climbers avoided the glacier’s crevasse.

Both words refer to a fissure, but crevasse is used when referring to a deep fissure in a glacier.

4. They constitute a formidable voting bloc.

Bloc is a combination of entities or political groups, while block is an obstacle or a solid.

5. Ultimately, we achieved a desirable outcome.

Desirous means feeling desire for something, while desirable means having worthy characteristics.

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