Device or Devise?

P. J. King

Read the statements below and write in the correct word. Remember the differences between the words.

Device is a noun that means apparatus or machinery.

Devise is a verb that means to develop, create, or construct an idea, system, plan or product of some kind.

Write in the correct form here and on your paper; click "submit" at the end.


  1. Maria invented a digital imaging (device, devise) for counting cherries on a tree.
  2. Your answer:


  3. Her plan at first was to (device, devise) a method for recording the cherries' various stages of growth.
  4. Your answer:


  5. When the manager of the orchard learned that Maria was keeping records of growth, he asked her whether she had any (device, devise) for approximating how many cherries were on each tree.
  6. Your answer:


  7. Maria had not thought to (device, devise) equipment that could record numbers of cherries.
  8. Your answer:


  9. But, after much experimentation, she finally developed a photographic (device, devise) that isolated the cherries on each tree into images that her computer could easily count.
  10. Your answer:



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