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.)
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."