Confused Words Exercise (548)

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.)

  • Her ________ explanation left us more confused than before.

  • Budget cutbacks have created a __________ obstacle to the program’s continued success.

  • They studied the artifact with _________ concentration.

  • His behavior didn’t _____ her at all.

  • The egg _____ is fully developed by this time.

Answers and Explanations

1. Her bizarre explanation left us more confused than before.

bazaar: a market selling an assortment of items. "The church bazaar raised enough money to send twenty-five underprivileged children to summer camp."
bizarre: strange or unusual. "The bizarre outburst attracted the attention of many bystanders."

2. Budget cutbacks have created a formidable obstacle to the program’s continued success.

formative: constructive, or referring to a time of development or growth. "Proper nutrition is especially important during a child’s formative years."
formidable: difficult, impressive, or powerful. "Her skills, however formidable, will be tested during the grueling competition."

3. They studied the artifact with intense concentration.

intense: with great energy, or very serious or strong. "The intense physical effort took a toll on them."
intensive: involving great effort. "The program consists of a brief but intensive period of study followed by an internship."

4. His behavior didn’t faze her at all.

faze: disturb. "If they let a setback like this faze them, they’ll never succeed."
phase: conduct or introduce in stages. "We’ll phase in the remodeling and the larger battery at a later stage."

5. The egg sac is fully developed by this time.

sac: an animal or plant part resembling a bag. "The umbilical vesicle is a membranous sac attached to an embryo."
sack: a bag. "The beggar rummaged through his sack, hoping to find a bit of food he had overlooked before."

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