Frequently Confused Words (Grades 11-12)

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Frequently Confused Words

1. 
The interviewer tried in vain to                information from the job candidate.
  1. illicit
  2. elicit
2. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

The major causes of death among                 drug users are overdose, disease, and suicide.
  1. illicit
  2. elicit
3. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

Novelist Naguib Mahfouz was considered the                 literary voice of the Arab world.
  1. eminent
  2. imminent
4. 
With the increasing use of technology, the death of conventional newspapers seems to be                .
  1. imminent
  2. eminent
5. 
45% of workers earn above minimum wage
  1. qualitative data
  2. quantitative data
6. 
Sprinters run faster than distance runners
  1. qualitative data
  2. quantitative data
7. 
Choose the correctly punctuated word to fit in the blank.
                going to give their speech next?
  1. Whose
  2. Who's
8. 
We need to explore this problem                .
  1. farther
  2. further
9. 
There are several basic                for living life.
  1. principals
  2. principles
10. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

The Halloween production tried to create the                 of a spooky, abandoned castle.
  1. allusion
  2. illusion
11. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

Unaware that he was lost, Simon walked                 into the woods.
  1. farther
  2. further
12. 
He was constantly trying to impress people by making                 to obscure works of literature that no one had ever heard of.
  1. illusions
  2. allusions
13. 
The school                 gathered for a meeting, but the superintendent did not come.
  1. principals
  2. principles
14. 
There is consensus                 shareholders that this approach be adopted.
  1. among
  2. between
15. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

This contract is entered into                 the Seller and the Purchaser.
  1. among
  2. between
16. 
Basketball fans were amazed that the blatant foul had somehow                 the referee.
  1. eluded
  2. alluded
17. 
Choose the word that best fills in the blank.

In last night's speech, the governor                 to Barack Obama without ever mentioning the president by name.
  1. alluded
  2. eluded
18. 
Choose the best word to fill in the blank.

I'm afraid                 going to be a very long season for the Mighty Ducks.
  1. its
  2. it's
19. 
Choose the correctly punctuated word to fit in the blank.
I can't imagine where                 going after the movie.
  1. theyre
  2. th'eyre
  3. they're

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