Posted by: episystechpubs | February 22, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Commonly Confused Words Vocabulary Quiz

Good morning! I’ve shared these DailyWritingTips vocabulary quizzes before. Many of you responded positively, so now you all have to suffer through another one. Bwah-hah-hah!

You must choose from two commonly confused words. Remember, there is no physical prize for getting all the answers right, but you will experience a severe uptick in your self-confidence and a healthy measure of self-pride.

If more than one answer seems correct, pick the most likely one. I’ve included the correct answers below. Take the quiz, and then scroll down to see how you did. Good luck, my friends!

1. Do you mean to __________ that I stole your cell phone?
a) infer
b) imply

2. The students are ___________ in learning algebra.
a) disinterested
b) uninterested

3. The state ____________ is a miniature of the one in Washington D.C.
a) capitol
b) capital

4. Between the years 1845 and 1855, nearly a million people _______ from Germany to the United States.
a) emigrated
b) immigrated

5. The agents used torture to ___________ information from the prisoners.
a) illicit
b) elicit

Answers

1. Do you mean to imply that I stole your cell phone?

b) imply

“To imply” means suggest, while “to infer” means to draw a conclusion by reasoning.

2. The students are uninterested in learning algebra.
b) uninterested

The word “uninterested” indicates simple lack of interest, while “disinterested” connotes a lack of self-interest in a matter to be decided.

3. The state capitol is a miniature of the one in Washington D.C.
a) capitol

A capitol is a building that serves as a center of government; a capital is the chief city in a country or a state.

4. Between the years 1845 and 1855, nearly a million people emigrated from Germany to the United States.
a) emigrated

“To emigrate” is to leave a country with the intention of settling in another. “To immigrate” is to pass into a new country of residence.

5. The agents used torture to elicit information from the prisoners.
b) elicit

“Elicit” is to draw out a response. “Illicit” means not lawful.

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