Confused Words Exercise (67)
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. It’s not like her to make such a precipitate decision.
Precipitate means "sudden"; precipitous means "steep."
2. I’m averse to lying to get them to accept our proposal.
To be adverse is to be harmful, hostile, or unfavorable. To be averse is to feel distaste or repugnance.
3. His latest gaffe was the most embarrassing of all.
A gaff is a hook, spear, or similar pointed object; a gaffe is a blunder or mistake. (Gaff is sometimes used in place of gaffe, but the distinction should be observed.)
4. I’m concerned that he will waver in his level of commitment.
To waver is to falter, be unsteady, or vacillate. A waiver is an exemption.
5. After the memorial service, they attended the interment.
To inter is to bury; to intern is to imprison.