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Appropriate Words 11

This is an exercise that will help you learn the differences between frequently confused words. We call them "Appropriate Words" sentence completion exercises because the key thing to learn here is the appropriate context in which you should use these words. Sometimes you can use both words, but one answer is more appropriate to use in that context. For other sentences, one word is the only possible answer. The explanations at the bottom of each page will clarify all of the answers if you're not sure about certain sentences.

1. Many workers in the United States want to raise the minimum ____ to 15 dollars an hour.

 

a. salary

b. wage

 

 

2. ____ is the amount of matter in an object.

 

 

a. mass

b. weight

 

 

3. My coworker is so ____! She didn't listen to any of my ideas for our group project because she thought hers were so much better.

 

a. arrogant

b. ignorant

 

 

4. I know you didn't explicitly say it, but you ____ that my new haircut looks terrible.

 

a. implied

b. inferred

 

 

5. The stripes in the image create the ____ that they're moving around when you focus on one spot.

 

6. I can't believe that women's _____ at that advertising firm are still lower than men's!

 

a. salaries

b. wages

 

7. On the Moon, your ____ is much lower than it is on Earth.

 

a. mass

b. weight

 

 

8. Don't pretend that you are ____ of the rules. You know that you are not supposed to smoke here!

 

a. arrogant

b. ignorant

 

 

9. I ____ that you needed help with your homework because you kept complaining about how hard it was.

a. implied

b. inferred

 

 

10. Shakespeare makes an ____ to Homer's The Odyssey in this play.

a. allusion

b. illusion

 

 

***You can find an explanation of the answers for this exercise in this blog post about frequently confused words.***

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