Incidence/Incidents

M. P. Moore

Read the statements below carefully and choose the correct word. Remember the differences between the words.

Incidence is "an act or the fact or the manner falling upon" or "the rate of occurrence" (n.)

Incidents are "occurrences of actions or situations that are separate units of experience" (n.)


  1. We are not used to arson, mayhem, and (incidence/incidents) such as these occurring in our seaside community.
  2. Links to reference material:
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  3. That the two of us were dressed identically at the party was mere (coincidence/coincidents).
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  5. High school administrators and faculty have taken bold new measures to curb the high (incidence/incidents) of cheating on exams.
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  7. Confusion and cynicism are only two (incidence/incidents) of the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election; given the myriad legal challenges to its authenticity and the blistering media scrutiny, there are bound to be others.
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  9. Is it possible to spot the angle of (incidence/incidents) of a ray of sunlight as it falls through the surface of a magnifying glass and onto the shell of a snail?
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