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Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 1

In this worksheet, students practise distinguishing between similar words that are commonly confused so they can improve the accuracy of their own writing.

'Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in the English language are easily confused because they look and sound alike but in fact mean different things.

People often muddle up the words stationery and stationary because they are so similar, but the two words have very different meanings.

 

The word stationery means writing materials and office supplies, but if an object is stationary it means that it is not moving.

 

In this worksheet you can practise distinguishing between words that many people, even adults, often find confusing. You may find a dictionary helpful.

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

desert
a sweet course eaten at the end of a meal
dessert
a dry area of land, often covered with sand

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

compliment
to congratulate or praise someone about something
complement
to add to something in a way that improves it

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

confident
feeling or showing certainty about something
confidant
a friend who can be trusted to keep secrets

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

principle
a rule or belief that guides the way a person beha...
principal
the most important or main thing

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

discreet
behaving in a quiet and restrained way
discrete
separate and distinct

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

You should wait until the bus is __________ before you get off.

stationary

stationery

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I am very __________ that I will pass my piano exam.

confidant

confident

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

That necklace really __________ your blue dress.

complements

compliments

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Janey won't eat meat on __________.

principal

principle

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

We had a delicious sticky toffee pudding for our __________.

desert

dessert

  • Question 1

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

desert
a dry area of land, often covered...
dessert
a sweet course eaten at the end o...
  • Question 2

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

compliment
to congratulate or praise someone...
complement
to add to something in a way that...
  • Question 3

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

confident
feeling or showing certainty abou...
confidant
a friend who can be trusted to ke...
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'confidant' refers to a male friend. If the person is female then the word is spelt 'confidante'.
  • Question 4

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

principle
a rule or belief that guides the ...
principal
the most important or main thing
  • Question 5

Match the words with their definitions. Try to remember the meanings as you may need them in later questions.


Hover your cursor over the box if you cannot see the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

discreet
behaving in a quiet and restraine...
discrete
separate and distinct
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

You should wait until the bus is __________ before you get off.

CORRECT ANSWER
stationary
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I am very __________ that I will pass my piano exam.

CORRECT ANSWER
confident
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

That necklace really __________ your blue dress.

CORRECT ANSWER
complements
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Janey won't eat meat on __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
principle
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

We had a delicious sticky toffee pudding for our __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
dessert
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