Confused Words Exercise (93)

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.)

  • They didn’t realize that they were in __________ danger.

  • He __________ an example to illustrate his point.

  • Albany is the __________ of New York.

  • Her __________ manner was appealing at first, but her eagerness to help soon became annoying.

  • I am __________ to delegate that responsibility to him.

Answers and Explanations

1. They didn’t realize that they were in imminent danger.

Eminent means "well known and respected"; imminent means "happening very soon."

2. He cited an example to illustrate his point.

To site is to locate or situate; to cite is to give an example or source.

3. Albany is the capital of New York.

A capitol is a building or building complex in which legislators meet (the term is often capitalized to specify a particular building); a capital is a seat of government.

4. Her complaisant manner was appealing at first, but her eagerness to help soon became annoying.

Complaisant means "willing to please"; complacent means "self-satisfied, smug."

5. I am loath to delegate that responsibility to him.

To loathe is to hate; loath means "reluctant" or "unwilling."

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