Confused Words Exercise (409)

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.)

  • That doesn’t give you permission to ____ havoc against your fellow humans.

  • We’ve ______ in on the best panoramic views to create this list of our favorite local hikes.

  • The Apple Watch does give app makers another screen to reach customers, and they were already _______ at the bit to create apps for it.

  • In a special closed session, the planning commission voted by a narrow 5-4 margin to ______ him for his conduct.

  • The coach was advised to ____ in some of his more aggressive players.

Answers and Explanations

1. That doesn’t give you permission to wreak havoc against your fellow humans.

wreck (verb): to destroy or damage something: "The wreck backed traffic up for hours"; "You’ll wreck your chances if you go through with this."
wreak (verb): to bring about or cause: "The warriors wreaked vengeance on the enemy that had destroyed their city."

2. We’ve homed in on the best panoramic views to create this list of our favorite local hikes.

homed (verb): to head toward an objective: "By asking her a few questions, I homed in on how she had reached that conclusion."
honed (verb): to sharpen or improve: "We honed our skills with frequent practice sessions."

3. The Apple Watch does give app makers another screen to reach customers, and they were already champing at the bit to create apps for it.

champing (verb): showing impatience: "They were champing at the bit to get started."
chomping (verb): chewing: "My annoying little brother was noisily chomping on his carrot."

4. In a special closed session, the planning commission voted by a narrow 5-4 margin to censure him for his conduct.

censure (verb): to officially and publically reprimand: "The legislature censured her for the blatant conflict of interest."
censor (verb): to remove material that is considered inappropriate from content: "Ministry officials will censor the document before releasing it."

5. The coach was advised to rein in some of his more aggressive players.

reign (verb): to rule: "The prince ascended to the throne after his father’s untimely death and went on to reign for more than fifty years."
rein (verb): to control or stop with a reins or as if with reins: "I struggled to rein in my horse after she was startled by the snake."

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