Commonly Confused Words Exercise at Auto-English

Commonly Confused Words Exercise at Auto-English

Choose one of the words in brackets to fill the gap.

1 Do you ________________ payment by credit card? (accept / except)
2 Everybody turned up at Fiona's party ________________ her exboyfriend. (accept / except)
3 What ________________ did the high altitude have on you? (affect / effect)
4 Did the high altitude ________________ you when you were in Quito? (affect / effect)
5 She gave me some excellent ________________ about my girlfriend. (advice / advise)
6 I ________________ you not to get involved in Sandra and Mike's problems. (advice / advise)
7 We need to find something to ________________ the curtains. (complement / compliment)
8 She got annoyed with me because I didn't ________________ her on her new hair style. (complement / compliment)
9 Don't tell anyone about my promotion. I want to be as ________________ about it as possible. (discreet / discrete)
10 Catalan and Valencian are not ________________ languages. (discreet / discrete)
11 The weather forecast says that rain is ________________ . (eminent / imminent)
12 Professor Pachorro is very ________________ among brain surgeons. (eminent / imminent)
13 I wanted to see the ________________ about Manet in the Prado gallery in Madrid. (exhibition / expedition)
14 A recent Spanish ________________ to the Antarctic has been collecting data about global warming. (exhibition / expedition)
15 The South Downs, a range of hills running across Sussex, are not very ________________ . (high / tall)
16 Tom Cruise is not ________________ . He's short. (high / tall)
17 This is an ________________ device for opening bottles. (ingenious / ingenuous)
18 Your argument is ________________ . Just tell me why you are in favour of a military solution. (irrelevant / irreverent)
19 If you want to be a champion, you have to ________________ everyday. (practice / practise)
20 Learning to dance the salsa is a question of going to classes and lots of ________________ . (practice / practise)
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