Chapter 2: WORDS OFTEN CONFUSED II
A. Explain the difference in usage between the two words. Then see if you can create a sentence that uses both words correctly.
1. medal, metal 4. quiet, quite 7. weak, week
2. miner, minor 5. shone, shown 8. who's, whose
3. plain, plane 6. their, they're 9. you're, your
KEY: Examples—I. The winner's medal was made of gold metal.
2. The saloon was open to miners, not minors.
3. Bill lived in a plain sod shanty on the plain and had never flown in a plane.
4. By three A.M. our street is quite quiet.
5. Blake was shown a tiger whose eyes shone bright in the forests of the night.
6. The hillbillies sold their mules, and they're buying a newfangled car.
7. After a week of health foods, Walter still felt weak.
8. Who's the clown whose car is parked on my lawn?
9. If you're trying to earn high grades, sell your television set.
B. Spell the correct choice.
1. Losing ten games in a row was hard on our [moral / morale].
2. The sailors were happy to reach the [naval / navel] base.
3. You want a job? Talk to the [personal / personnel] manager.
4. Let's take the next [plain / plane] to Hawaii.
5. The librarian told John Blabbermouth to be [quiet / quite].
6. Lisa couldn't eat her big [stake / steak], so I helped her out.
7. Perfumed [stationary / stationery] is nothing to sniff at.
8. Hamlet wondered [weather / whether] his uncle was guilty of fratricide.
9. [Who's / Whose] elbow hit my eye? [Who's / Whose] to blame?
11. [You're / Your] a fine friend! [You're / Your] parrot swears at me.
12. The recycling center wants glass, paper, and [medal / metal].
13. The hot [desert / dessert] sun [shone / shown] on our ice cream.
14. Stop the car. I feel nauseous / nauseated].
15. Beavers [dammed / damned] the river. Well, I'll be [dammed / damned].
C. Which word in each pair is commonly used as a verb?
1. flea, flee 3. meat, meet 5. prophecy, prophesy
2. loose, lose 4. passed, past 6. steal, steel