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.)
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."