Confused Words Exercise (421)

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.)

  • ______ by their odd behavior, I suppressed a grin.

  • She was frequently frustrated in her efforts to _____ recognition for her work.

  • The group gathered each week to _____ each other’s work.

  • My uncle warned me not to _____ socialism during family conversations.

  • She was required to enroll in two ________ courses scheduled at different locations.

Answers and Explanations

1. Amused by their odd behavior, I suppressed a grin.

amused: entertained. "She amused us with her comical impressions of various family members."
bemused: confused. "Puzzled by their contradictory statements, he stood at the door with a bemused expression."

2. She was frequently frustrated in her efforts to obtain recognition for her work.

attain: reach. "He will attain success in whatever field he enters."
obtain: acquire. "My goal is to obtain a position in management."

3. The group gathered each week to critique each other’s work.

criticize: judge harshly or in a negative manner. "He always criticizes my friends because they look unconventional."
critique: evaluate. "They published a critique that examines the difference between the project’s stated goals and the actual result."

4. My uncle warned me not to espouse socialism during family conversations.

espouse: adopt or support. "He declined to espouse the rebels’ cause."
expound: defend, explain, or state. "The professor expounded on the issue for the rest of the class period."

5. She was required to enroll in two concurrent courses scheduled at different locations.

concurrent: occurring at the same time. "Because the prison terms are concurrent, he is eligible for parole in fifteen years."
consecutive: occurring in sequence. "The team won the championship for three consecutive years."

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