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Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 5

In this worksheet students practise distinguishing between commonly-confused words.

'Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 5' 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 illicit and elicit because they are so similar, but the two words have different meanings. If something is illicit it is illegal or forbidden, but if you elicit information from somebody you are drawing the information out of them.

 

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

distinct
remarkable, standing out in some way
distinctive
clear and unmistakeable

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

miner
someone who works in a mine
minor
lesser or smaller

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

censor
to express strong disapproval of something
censure
to remove something that is considered offensive

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

assent
a climb or upward motion
ascent
to agree

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

ambiguous
having mixed feelings or contradictory views about...
ambivalent
having more than one possible meaning

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Karla looks very __________ in that purple coat and hat.

distinct

distinctive

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The police tried to __________ information from the suspect but he wouldn't talk.

elicit

illicit

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I don't think we need to worry about such a __________ issue.

miner

minor

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The film was __________ because of the strong language it contained.

censored

censured

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The first __________ of Mount Everest was in 1953.

ascent

assent

  • 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

distinct
clear and unmistakeable
distinctive
remarkable, standing out in some ...
  • 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

miner
someone who works in a mine
minor
lesser or smaller
  • 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

censor
to remove something that is consi...
censure
to express strong disapproval of ...
  • 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

assent
to agree
ascent
a climb or upward motion
  • 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

ambiguous
having more than one possible mea...
ambivalent
having mixed feelings or contradi...
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Karla looks very __________ in that purple coat and hat.

CORRECT ANSWER
distinctive
EDDIE SAYS
The meaning here is that Karla stands out in her coat and hat, so the correct word is 'distinctive'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The police tried to __________ information from the suspect but he wouldn't talk.

CORRECT ANSWER
elicit
EDDIE SAYS
The meaning here is 'to draw out information' so the correct word is 'elicit'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

I don't think we need to worry about such a __________ issue.

CORRECT ANSWER
minor
EDDIE SAYS
The issue is unimportant so the correct word is 'minor'.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The film was __________ because of the strong language it contained.

CORRECT ANSWER
censored
EDDIE SAYS
The film was banned so the correct word is 'censored'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The first __________ of Mount Everest was in 1953.

CORRECT ANSWER
ascent
EDDIE SAYS
Mount Everest was climbed, so the correct word is 'ascent'.
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