Sometimes just using one word incorrectly can ruin that good impression you're trying to make. To ensure that doesn't happen, you'll want to take this quiz and recall all the tricks and tips for using the correct word properly.
You don't want an embarrassing moment like asking your host, "Can I use the restroom?" and the host answers, "I don't know, can you?" In this instance, you should have used "may" instead of "can" because "can" implies whether it is physically possible, while "may" means you want permission. It's all about having a solid command of the language to express yourself confidently and accurately.
Since many words are learned from context, other people may use a word loosely. Therefore, the precision of the definition might allude you. In this quiz you'll see a few of these vocabulary questions where you need the precise definition, as well as queries that ask you to find the best word to use in a sentence.
Since the English language is constantly changing with new words and updated definitions, you'll want to take this quiz to see if you know the latest and greatest vocabulary words.
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There are two meanings. One definition is that enormity means great or extreme in seriousness. The other means a grave crime or sin.
When you're talking about principle as a noun it means a fundamental truth or belief. As an adjective, principle means first or foremost. Although it sounds the same, when spelled as principal, this word means the top supervisor of a school.
Although most people think redundant means repeated, if actually means unnecessarily and excessively repeated. Another way to express it is, "It's like beating a dead horse."
It's a little complex, but when you "assure" someone, you are promising or telling that person someone something will definitely (or will not) happen. Whereas "ensure" means to make sure of or make preparations for an occurrence." While "insure" has to do with actual insurance policies.
Irregardless is listed in the dictionary since it has become a common term, however it's opposite of the word you may think you're using. Regardless means without regard. So irregardless means without, without regard. It's a double negative which means regard.
The word "allowed" means to get permission, whereas "aloud" means to say it loudly and audibly; not silently or in a whisper, which is how someone might practice a language.
It means contrary to what you're expecting. So, for example, the Titanic was touted as being unsinkable, then it sank. That's ironic.
It doesn’t mean anything bad happened. It means someone is mocking or a making a parody of something. Take Weird Al Yankovic, his music is a silly parody of popular songs.
The word "farther" is used to talk about a difference that can be measured. Whereas "further" refers to something that can't be measured or is abstract. For instance, “The crisis was bound to do further damage in the years to come."
You have to know your parts of speech in order to answer this correctly. You could substitute the word "ultimate" for "finally" as in "At the store we need eggs, milk, juice, and ultimately, butter.” As a noun, it means the best.
Use fewer when referring to items you can count, like "fewer fish" or "fewer dollars." Use "less" when referring to items you can't count, like "less sand" or "less air."
When you peruse something, you are actually taking a very close look at it. It's not a glance, it's more of a study.
If you ever get mixed up with which word is a barren land and which is a sweet treat, just remember that desserts are so sweet they have an extra "s".
It's fine as is, since averse describes feeling of dislike or opposition. If you chose to substitute averse with "adverse" you would be wrong since adverse means harmful or unfavorable.
Even though it looks almost identical to the word amused, that's not what it means. If you are bemused then you are actually confused.
Only use this vocabulary word when it describes what is actually happening ‘in a literal manner’. When you're mad, you don't actually see red. It's an exaggeration. So the word "literally" is being used incorrectly. If you take that word out, the sentence is correct.
"Elicit" means to draw out or coax and is the correct word to use in the above sentence. "Illicit" means illegal or unlawful,
Although most people use it to substitute for the word "yearn' or "crave" it really means "forced" or "obligated" Here's an example: "After reaching the age of 18, he was compelled by law to register for the army."
Historic means “famous,” whereas historical means “related to history.” So this sentence is correct just as written. No changes needed.
When people say they feel terrific, they mean to say they feel fantastic. But the archaic meaning is horrific or to inspire fear. An example of something terrific is a vampire. You see blood and fangs and it inspires fear and terror.
You're not quite ill, yet. That's what "nauseous" means. If you actually feel sick then you are nauseated. Two words describe two different stages of sickness.
Because "affect" and "effect" get mixed up all the time, most people use "impact" to make sure the idea is conveyed properly. But if you're a stickler for good grammar, remember it this way: If it’s a noun, it’s an effect. If it’s a verb, it’s an affect.
It's easy to confuse loose and lose because they sound similar. However, "loose" means that something is not firmly or tightly held in place. Whereas "lose" means being unable to find something, or no longer possessing it.
Disinterested means neutral. In other words you don’t care either way about something. If you're bored, you are uninterested. We do hope you care about this quiz!
Leave as is, since "everyday" means commonplace or normal, whereas "every day" means just that, each and every day.
Chronic conditions and diseases are called chronic because they won’t go away and not because they’re overly severe and painful.
Compliment means to say something nice. Whereas complement means added to, enhanced, improved, completed or brought close to perfection.
Admittedly, this is confusing. So we'll spell it out. The initials "i.e." mean in other words. When you use "i.e." you’re about to state the same information in different words.
Today decimate means to kill, destroy or remove a large percentage or a remove a part of something. In historical times, to decimate was to kill one in every ten of a group of soldiers or others, as a punishment for the whole group.
A mother's kiss on a skinned knee, on a feverish forehead or on any bumps or bruises is a panacea for whatever ails a toddler. It means it can cure a lot of things, not just a single, particular problem.
If you were criticizing the bureaucracy of the government, you might say there is a plethora of committees and subcommittees, meaning there are more committees than necessary to create and monitor laws.
Thanks to Amazon reviews, people are using this word incorrectly by saying their product was defective because it was missing a screw or other part. The product may work perfectly once the missing piece has been restored, therefore the product was NOT defective.
If you don't use a word often, you might be a bit foggy recalling the precise definition. Use unwieldy to describe an unproductive system or a hard-to-transport item.
The literal definition of obsolete is an item that it isn’t produced, needed or used anymore. Obsolete is kind of the next step after old and out of date, when it's no longer produced.
These two words sound similar and are spelled almost the same, with only one letter that is different. But it makes a big difference because "coarse" means rough as in an uneven surface that is unpleasant to touch. Whereas "course" has many meanings including a meal, a track, a direction or route.