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TEST: The Most Commonly Misused Words

Most of us of a certain age find other people's grammatical errors to be terribly annoying. Perhaps that's because we used to fear our teachers, who really made us learn; perhaps it's because the language has changed so much. In any case, there is such a thing as correct English. Let's see how well you can do on our test of our language's most misused and misunderstood words.
 
 
He_____ over the map, looking for the destination.
He pored over the map, looking for the destination.
pored
poured
poored
 
 
When the _____ struck the trees, the entire forest was set ablaze.
When the lightning struck the trees, the entire forest was set ablaze.
lightning
lightening
 
 
Let's go _____ the store to get some bread.
Let's go to the store to get some bread.
to
too
two
 
 
Handing in my homework late had a detrimental ______ on my grades.
Handing in my homework late had a detrimental effect on my grades.
effect
affect
 
 
I _________ done better if I had worked harder.
I could have done better if I had worked harder.
could have
could of
 
 
____ and I are going to the movie theater tonight.
She and I are going to the movie theater tonight.
She
Her
 
 
I hope ____ is going to be an intermission during this Shakespeare performance.
I hope there is going to be an intermission during this Shakespeare performance.
there
they're
their
 
 
When you've really tried your best, it's really hard to _____.
When you've really tried your best, it's really hard to lose.
lose
loose
 
 
At her wedding, the father of the bride proudly walked her down the _____.
At her wedding, the father of the bride proudly walked her down the _____.
aisle
isle
 
 
These grammar mistakes are bothering me _____.
These grammar mistakes are bothering me a lot.
a lot
alot
 
 
When I suddenly noticed the stop sign, I applied the ____.
When I suddenly noticed the stop sign, I applied the brake.
brake
break
 
 
Your nice shoes really ____ your tie.
Your nice shoes really complement your tie.
complement
compliment
 
 
Whenever I have fried eggs, I always save the ___ for last.
Whenever I have fried eggs, I always save the yolk for last.
yolk
yoke
 
 
On my way home from the store, I always pass by a crooked telephone ____.
On my way home from the store, I always pass by a crooked telephone pole.
pole
poll
 
 
After the clock rang for midnight, Jill decided to subtly ___ that it was time for the guests to make their way home.
After the clock rang for midnight, Jill decided to subtly imply that it was time for the guests to make their way home.
imply
infer
 
 
When confiding her secret to her friend, Mary decided that texting would be more ___ than calling her to tell her.
When confiding her secret to her friend, Mary decided that texting would be more discreet than calling her to tell her.
discreet
discrete
 
 
I bought this pen for my friend, ____ happens to be a writer.
I bought this pen for my friend, who happens to be a writer.
who
whom
 
 
Because he ___ on the bed for too long, his back was hurting.
Because he lay on the bed for too long, his back was hurting.
lay
laid
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