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Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 3

In this worksheet, students practise distinguishing between commonly confused words to help them in their written work.

'Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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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 appraise and apprise because they are so similar, but the two words have different meanings. To appraise something is to assess or evaluate it, but to apprise means to notify, e.g. 'the prisoner was apprised of his rights'.

 

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 read the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

imply
to draw a conclusion from the available evidence, ...
infer
to suggest something in an indirect way

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 read the whole definition.

Column A

Column B

flaunt
to show off
flout
to defy or openly ignore something

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

 

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Column A

Column B

allusion
an indirect reference to something
illusion
a false impression

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

 

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Column A

Column B

founder
to fail, to sink
flounder
to struggle clumsily

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

 

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Column A

Column B

slither
to move like a snake
sliver
a very thin slice of something

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The ship hit an iceberg and __________.

floundered

foundered

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I'm on a diet so I'll just have a tiny __________ of chocolate cake, please.

slither

sliver

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Jamie openly __________ the school rules every day.

flaunts

flouts

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I am under no __________ as to how much revision I need to do if I want to pass my exams.

illusion

allusion

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

From Irfan's answer I __________ that he wasn't really interested.

implied

inferred

  • 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 read the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

imply
to suggest something in an indire...
infer
to draw a conclusion from the ava...
  • 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 read the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

flaunt
to show off
flout
to defy or openly ignore somethin...
  • 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 read the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

allusion
an indirect reference to somethin...
illusion
a false impression
  • 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 read the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

founder
to fail, to sink
flounder
to struggle clumsily
  • 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 read the whole definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

slither
to move like a snake
sliver
a very thin slice of something
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The ship hit an iceberg and __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
foundered
EDDIE SAYS
The ship sank, so the correct word is 'foundered'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I'm on a diet so I'll just have a tiny __________ of chocolate cake, please.

CORRECT ANSWER
sliver
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker is referring to a very small slice, so the correct word is 'sliver'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Jamie openly __________ the school rules every day.

CORRECT ANSWER
flouts
EDDIE SAYS
Jamie is breaking the school rules, not showing them off, so the correct word is 'flouts'.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I am under no __________ as to how much revision I need to do if I want to pass my exams.

CORRECT ANSWER
illusion
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker means that he or she is not deceived about how much revision is needed, so the correct word is 'illusion'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

From Irfan's answer I __________ that he wasn't really interested.

CORRECT ANSWER
inferred
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker is drawing a conclusion from what Irfan said, so the correct word is 'inferred'.
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