Confused Words Exercise (311)

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.)

  • The fact that he was late to the wedding did not ____ well for their future happiness.

  • Of the two 19th century authors Dickens and Eliot, I prefer the ____.

  • The Latin word _____ is usually abbreviated as vs or v.

  • There is no _____ of limitations for murder.

  • The photos in this cook book really ____ my appetite.

Answers and Explanations

1. The fact that he was late to the wedding did not augur well for their future happiness.

augur (verb): to predict.
auger (noun): a carpenter’s tool for boring holes.

2. Of the two 19th century authors Dickens and Eliot, I prefer the latter.

latter (pronoun/adjective): the last mentioned.
later (adverb): comparative of late; coming at a more advanced time.

3. The Latin word versus is usually abbreviated as vs or v.

versus (preposition): against.
verses (noun): plural of verse, a line of poetry.

4. There is no statute of limitations for murder.

statue (noun): the representation of a human being or other living thing or object made of stone, clay, or other material.
statute (noun): a decree, law or similar legal ruling.

5. The photos in this cook book really whet my appetite.

wet (verb): to make moist.
whet (verb): to sharpen, either literally or figuratively.

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