Confused Words Exercise (52)
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. Cut off from their supply chain, they suffered deprivation.
Depravation means "corruption"; deprivation means "loss."
2. I’d teach even if they didn’t pay me; it’s the ideal vocation for me.
A vocation is a career or job category; an avocation is a hobby or interest.
3. She wanted to ensure that the boat was safe.
To ensure is to guarantee; to insure is to indemnify against loss.
4. The novel is a picaresque adventure about a precocious, puckish youth navigating the business world.
Picaresque means "episodic" (with an implication of a roguish protagonist); picturesque means "visually appealing."
5. It’s intended to appeal to prospective clients.
Prospective means "potential"; perspective means "viewpoint."