Confused Words Exercise (526)

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.)

  • The components of the project will be completed in _________ stages; phase 1 will begin in July, and phase two will follow in September.

  • I displayed the meat on the platter by placing a _______ between each potato.

  • The detectives reluctantly examined the ________ remains.

  • She hoped he would have a more ________ personality.

  • The data reveal a high _________ between the two factors.

Answers and Explanations

1. The components of the project will be completed in consecutive stages; phase 1 will begin in July, and phase two will follow in September.

concurrent: occurring at the same time. "He had to choose between the two concurrent classes."
consecutive: occurring sequentially. "She won medals in consecutive championships from 2010 to 2012."

2. I displayed the meat on the platter by placing a fillet between each potato.

filet: lace with a geometric pattern. "Her veil had a filet mesh."
fillet: a piece of boneless meat or fish. "He fried a fillet of fish for dinner."

3. The detectives reluctantly examined the grisly remains.

grisly: causing horror or fear. "The terrifying tale was full of grisly details."
grizzly: gray haired. "The grizzly old-timer offered them coffee from his battered pot."

4. She hoped he would have a more amiable personality.

amiable: friendly, pleasant. "He smiles easily and seems amiable."
amicable: marked by an absence of argument or disagreement. "They managed to divorce in an amicable manner."

5. The data reveal a high correlation between the two factors.

correlation: relationship. "The correlation between heart disease and lack of exercise is undeniable."
corollary: something that follows or results from something else. "The corollary of offering such low wages is that many businesses have trouble recruiting employees with adequate skills."

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