Misused Words Pretest

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  1. Jill couldn't ____________________ Sam's advice.
  2. Your answer:
    accept
    except


  3. Her ___________ was: Live for the moment!
  4. Your answer:
    advise
    advice


  5. Smoking now can ____________ your health forever.
  6. Your answer:
    affect
    effect


  7. The children are ______________ for bed.
  8. Your answer:
    all ready
    already


  9. The troops were ________________, so the general made his speech.
  10. Your answer:
    altogether
    all together.


  11. My lawyer charges $150 an ___________________.
  12. Your answer:
    hour
    are
    our


  13. Lilly's average is 70 points per game. She bowls ___________.
  14. Your answer:
    bad
    badly.


  15. He's qualified for the job. ______________, he is my son.
  16. Your answer:
    Besides
    Beside


  17. The mean lies _________________ the two extremes.
  18. Your answer:
    between
    among


  19. Did Mattie _______________ her new CD player?
  20. Your answer:
    brake
    break


  21. "________________ I borrow your car tonight?" pleaded the son to his dad.
  22. Your answer:
    Can
    May


  23. Trespassing was once a ___________________ crime.
  24. Your answer:
    capital
    capitol


  25. Footnotes help us to ______________ our sources.
  26. Your answer:
    site
    sight
    cite


  27. The baby doesn't like wash___________.
  28. Your answer:
    clothes
    cloths.


  29. We will ___________________ two similar lifestyles.
  30. Your answer:
    compare
    contrast


  31. It's easy to compare school ________________ work.
  32. Your answer:
    to
    with


  33. The ___________ fabric of Marie's blouse scratched her shoulders.
  34. Your answer:
    coarse
    course


  35. The Mob is honest? That's a(n) ___________________.
  36. Your answer:
    illusion
    delusion


  37. Florence ________________ a perfume-fueled car.
  38. Your answer:
    devised
    deviced


  39. When Genevieve has her blood drawn, she automatically _______________.
  40. Your answer:
    faints
    feints


  41. We could travel no ____________ since we were tired.
  42. Your answer:
    further.
    farther


  43. "Come ________________ this very minute, " ordered the trainer to his dog.
  44. Your answer:
    here
    hear


  45. We spend billions of dollars to drill ________________.
  46. Your answer:
    wholes.
    holes.


  47. We can ________________ his dissatisfaction from his refusal.
  48. Your answer:
    imply
    infer


  49. What can _____________ the sleeping masses?
  50. Your answer:
    incite
    insight


  51. I bought the book even though _________ cover was torn.
  52. Your answer:
    its
    it's


  53. ______________ the dog sniff the roses.
  54. Your answer:
    Let
    Leave


  55. I wanted to ___________ down because I was so tired.
  56. Your answer:
    lie
    lay


  57. In church, a whisper is _______________________________.
  58. Your answer:
    noticeable.
    notable


  59. A nude man was the _______________ of the painting.
  60. Your answer:
    subject
    object


  61. The __________ week was such a busy one that I forgot to call you as I had promised.
  62. Your answer:
    passed
    past


  63. The United States and Canada are at ________________.
  64. Your answer:
    peace.
    piece.


  65. Can't you see the _________________ truth? His walking out on you obviously says he is angry!
  66. Your answer:
    plane
    plain


  67. Autos are my ________________ means of transportation.
  68. Your answer:
    principal
    principle


  69. The pig _________________ to jump off the roof.
  70. Your answer:
    proceeded
    preceded


  71. The driver __________ honking his horn when the police officer appeared.
  72. Your answer:
    quiet
    quit
    quite


  73. Divers will _____________ the sunken ship.
  74. Your answer:
    rise
    raise


  75. For turning in the wallet, I was given a $50 _______________.
  76. Your answer:
    award.
    reward.


  77. We often go fishing in the _____________ as well as in the lake.
  78. Your answer:
    see
    sea


  79. "___________!" yelled the trainer at the frog.
  80. Your answer:
    Set
    Sit


  81. Flying pigs are rarer ______________ penguins.
  82. Your answer:
    than
    then


  83. I heard that _________________ going to move to Oregon.
  84. Your answer:
    there
    their
    they're


  85. Maxwell _____________ a temper tantrum when his wife said she wouldn't go with him to the party.
  86. Your answer:
    threw
    through


  87. Two trips ________ the dentist are too much for one week.
  88. Your answer:
    to
    too
    two


  89. That class was a ______________ of time since my classmates had not completed their homework and the instructor did not present new information.
  90. Your answer:
    waste
    waist


  91. I exercise every day of the _____________.
  92. Your answer:
    weak
    week


  93. Everyone complains about the ___________________.
  94. Your answer:
    weather.
    whether.


  95. Jim is the person _____________ dog ran away.
  96. Your answer:
    whose
    who's


  97. When ______________ right, you're right!
  98. Your answer:
    you're
    your



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