Confused Words Exercise (512)
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. He’s the kind of person who likes to meddle in other people’s affairs.
medal: a commemorative object resembling a large coin (n.); earn a medal (v.). "She hopes to medal in at least one event at the meet."
meddle: interfere. "Their decision to meddle in the project doomed it from the start."
2. Their effort to clean up the creek is laudable.
laudable: commendable. "My laudable but misguided attempt to negotiate a peace between them ended in disaster."
laudatory: congratulatory. "Mary, selected as Volunteer of the Year, was the subject of a laudatory speech by the executive director."
3. I shouldn’t have been surprised that the unwieldy boat would founder so easily.
flounder: struggle. "She’s concerned that she’s going to flounder in the difficult role."
founder: sink, or fail. "The ill-conceived company was doomed to founder."
4. The committee debated the merits of the proposed economic policy.
economic: relating to finance and goods and services. "Economic growth this year was slower than expected."
economical: careful with money. "He was economical even after he got a high-paying job."
5. She said that my orange scarf would complement my turquoise gown.
complement: complete or improve. "The commentary track is intended to complement the silent video."
compliment: offer an admiring or respectful remark. "They complimented her on her well-deserved award."