Confused Words Exercise (179)

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.)

  • After being stung by wasps, the child had red ______ all over his body.

  • The pharmaceutical representative was known for her _______ techniques.

  • You can go to Chicago with us, as long as you pay your own ____.

  • The old casino was ______ to make room for a new one.

  • The historian compared the ______ of George Washington with that of Herbert Hoover.

Answers and Explanations

1. After being stung by wasps, the child had red welts all over his body.

A welt is a raised place on the skin. A whelp is the young of a dog.

2. The pharmaceutical representative was known for her hard sell techniques.

Hard sell means aggressive salesmanship or advertising. A hard sale could be either a sales transaction difficult to complete, or a customer who is difficult to persuade to buy

3. You can go to Chicago with us, as long as you pay your own fare.

A fare is the cost of conveyance or transportation of a passenger. A fair is a periodical gathering for the buying and selling of goods.

4. The old casino was razed to make room for a new one.

In speaking of a building, to raise means to construct. To raze a building means to tear down, demolish, or level it.

5. The historian compared the regime of George Washington with that of Herbert Hoover.

A regime is a method or system of rule, governance, or control. Any period of governing by a particular person or body can be called a regime. A reign is the period of rule of a monarch. Reign is appropriate in describing the rule of a monarch such as a king, queen, or emperor.

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