GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Vocabulary and Idiom: Confusing and Often Misused Words
Selecting the Correct Word in Sentences Circle the word you think is the correct choice. 1. The car is missing one of (it's/its) hubcaps. 2. (A/An/And) hour of concentrated effort is worth (to/too/two) hours of "trying." 3. Can you (hear/here) me (their/there/they're) in the back row? 4. In the (passed/past), a woman was not (suppose/supposed) to (accept/except) a gift from a new acquaintance. 5. Do these fumes (affect/effect) (your/you're) breathing, or can you still (breath/breathe) easily? 6. The outfit she (bought/brought) after asking us for our (advice/advise) (complements/compliments) her skin beautifully. 7. If you can't (chose/choose) between the two men, (than/then) decide (weather/whether) you'll be happier living in a big city or a small town. 8. If you remain (stationary/stationery) and (quite/quiet), you may see a (dear/deer) in the forest. 9. She walked (buy/by) the house to see if (its/it's) garden deserved all the (complements/compliments) it had been receiving. 10. The (principle/principal) says that students should be (expected/excepted) to use a (capital/capitol) letter at the beginning of a sentence. 11. (Hear/Here) they are! 12. (Lose/Loose) layers of clothes serve as insulation. 13. Congress has (past/passed) a bill to track down fathers who abandon (there/their/they're) families. 14. Would you like to (by/buy) some stock in the (principal/principle) exporting firm for this product? 15. Brushing your teeth after meals helps (avoid/prevent) tooth decay. Checking for Words Used Incorrectly in an Essay Each sentence in the following essay is numbered. If all the words in the sentence are correctly used, write C over the number of the sentence. If one or more words are misused, write WW over the number and correct the error(s). (1) It's difficult for politicians two except gifts. (2) Everyone at the capital watches everyone else closely to make sure that no one receives fewer gifts then he or she has received. (3) The politicians are afraid that they will be held to there published standards. (4) And then where would they be? (5) They would be up the proverbial creek without a paddle! (6) The solution is for each politician to take a gift to the office each day. (7) That way, if he or she is complemented, the public servant can proffer the gift to his or her guest. (8) Buy so doing, the politician upholds the principle.
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