Printable Handout: Confusing Words

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Q1 - Does this kind of weather ____ you?
affect
effect
Q2 - What will ____ the main course?
complement
compliment
Q3 - They wanted everybody to ____ their work.
complement
compliment
Q4 - They're not very ____ so don't give them too much information.
discrete
discreet
Q5 - He's an ____ doctor
eminent
imminent
Q6 - He managed to think of an _____ solution.
ingenious
ingenuous
Q7 - Rain is ____.
eminent
imminent
Q8 - Do you ____ visa payments here?
accept
except
Q9 - The building has been ____ since the company went bankrupt.
disused
misused
Q10 - The charity was accused of having ____ its funds.
disused
misused
Q11 - It's a three-____ house.
story
storey
Q12 - The book is so slow that it's ____.
illegible
unreadable
Q13 - A ____ gives people advice if they have emotional or other problems.
councillor
counsellor
Q14 - Her handwriting's so bad that it's completely ____.
illegible
iliterate
Q15 - Did you hear the weather ____ for tomorrow?
forecast
prediction
Q16 - The price of bus tickets has ____ sharply this year.
risen
raised
Q17 - The police checked every detail carefully; it was an ____ investigation.
exhausting
exhaustive
Q18 - Walking all the way up the hill was ____ so we sat down to rest for a bit.
exhausting
exhaustive
Q19 - The minister read the ____ of the speech and made a few changes.
draught
draft
Q20 - Pubs sell ____ beer as well as bottles and cans.
draught
draft

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