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.)
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.