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Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 2

In this worksheet, students gain practice in distinguishing between easily confused words so that they can improve their own writing.

'Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 2' 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.

 

 

The words prescribe and proscribe are often muddled up, but in fact they mean two very different things. A doctor may prescribe a particular medicine to a patient, but if something is proscribed it means that it is forbidden.

 

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

councillor
a member of a council
counsellor
someone who is trained to give guidance on persona...

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

alternate
one of a number of possibilities
alternative
every second item in a sequence

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

formerly
done in a traditionally accepted way, not casually
formally
previously, in the past

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

historic
very important, likely to have an influence on his...
historical
relating to the past

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

precede
to come before something in place or time
proceed
to move forward, to continue

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

After my aunt had a nervous breakdown she went to see a __________ every week until she felt better.

councillor

counsellor

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The police say that they have enough evidence to __________ with their investigation.

precede

proceed

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

It was a __________ moment when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

historic

historical

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

She was __________ introduced to the Queen when she visited Buckingham Palace.

formally

formerly

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I go to my dad's on __________ weekends.

alternate

alternative

  • 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

councillor
a member of a council
counsellor
someone who is trained to give gu...
  • 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

alternate
every second item in a sequence
alternative
one of a number of possibilities
  • 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

formerly
previously, in the past
formally
done in a traditionally accepted ...
  • 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

historic
very important, likely to have an...
historical
relating to the past
  • 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

precede
to come before something in place...
proceed
to move forward, to continue
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

After my aunt had a nervous breakdown she went to see a __________ every week until she felt better.

CORRECT ANSWER
counsellor
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker's aunt was seeking help and advice, so 'counsellor' is the correct word.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The police say that they have enough evidence to __________ with their investigation.

CORRECT ANSWER
proceed
EDDIE SAYS
In this sentence the meaning is 'to go forward' so the correct word is 'proceed'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

It was a __________ moment when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

CORRECT ANSWER
historic
EDDIE SAYS
The sense here is of a momentous occasion so the correct word is 'historic'.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

She was __________ introduced to the Queen when she visited Buckingham Palace.

CORRECT ANSWER
formally
EDDIE SAYS
She was introduced in a formal way, so the correct word is 'formally'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I go to my dad's on __________ weekends.

CORRECT ANSWER
alternate
EDDIE SAYS
The meaning here is 'every second weekend' so the correct word is 'alternate'.
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