Confused Words Exercise (427)

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.)

  • I’m not ______ to a little mental exercise now and then.

  • The ____ of the car that rear-ended his truck was damaged.

  • She complained that it was a ______ to get her to fail.

  • They didn’t receive an invitation to the _______.

  • They met to plan how to ______ support for their cause.

Answers and Explanations

1. I’m not averse to a little mental exercise now and then.

adverse: unfavorable. "Unfortunately, we’re operating under adverse conditions."
averse: opposed to. "I’m not averse to taking on a challenge."

2. The grille of the car that rear-ended his truck was damaged.

grill: an oven for cooking over an open flame, or the grated cooking surface itself. "He doesn’t like to cook in the kitchen, but he’s happy to barbecue on the grill on the patio."
grille: a grating that protects something and/or provides ventilation. "The burglars damaged the grille that covered the window."

3. She complained that it was a setup to get her to fail.

set up (verb): to prepare. "We quickly set up the room for the seminar."
setup (noun): method of organization or preparation, or a situation that exposes someone to blame. "He suggested some ideas for a more effective setup."

4. They didn’t receive an invitation to the premiere.

premier (noun or adjective): someone who or something that is best or most important; best or most important. "The premier consideration is not to hurt her feelings."
premiere (noun): first exhibition or performance. "I had to wear a tuxedo to the film premiere."

5. They met to plan how to marshal support for their cause.

marshal (verb or noun): organize; a law-enforcement official. "The marshal deputized several men to help him catch the fugitive.
martial (adjective): warlike. "The orchestra closed the concert with a rousing martial tune."

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