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Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 4

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

'Distinguish Between Similar Words with Different Meanings 4' 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.

 

 

The words adverse and averse are often muddled up, but in fact they mean two very different things. If we talk about adverse weather conditions we mean that the weather is very unpleasant or bad, but if someone is averse to doing something it means that they are against doing it.

 

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

persecute
to bring legal charges against someone
prosecute
to treat someone in an unfair or hostile 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 see the whole definition.

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Column B

exercise
to take part in physical activity
exorcise
to drive out an evil spirit

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.

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Column B

allude
to escape from something
elude
to make an indirect reference to something

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.

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Column B

eminent
about to happen
imminent
famous and respected

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.

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complacent
self-satisfied, unconcerned
complaisant
eager to please

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The programme about the Romans was presented by an __________ historian.

eminent

imminent

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Trespassers will be __________!

persecuted

prosecuted

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Paul was too __________ and didn't practise enough for his piano exam, so he failed.

complacent

complaisant

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The match was cancelled due to __________ weather conditions.

adverse

averse

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The thief managed to __________ his captors by climbing out of the window.

allude

elude

  • 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

persecute
to treat someone in an unfair or ...
prosecute
to bring legal charges against so...
  • 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

exercise
to take part in physical activity
exorcise
to drive out an evil spirit
  • 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

allude
to make an indirect reference to ...
elude
to escape from something
  • 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

eminent
famous and respected
imminent
about to happen
  • 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

complacent
self-satisfied, unconcerned
complaisant
eager to please
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The programme about the Romans was presented by an __________ historian.

CORRECT ANSWER
eminent
EDDIE SAYS
The historian is well-respected in his or her profession, so the correct word is 'eminent'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Trespassers will be __________!

CORRECT ANSWER
prosecuted
EDDIE SAYS
Trespassers will be taken to court, so the correct word is 'prosecuted'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

Paul was too __________ and didn't practise enough for his piano exam, so he failed.

CORRECT ANSWER
complacent
EDDIE SAYS
Paul was not concerned enough about his exam to practise, so the correct word is 'complacent'.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The match was cancelled due to __________ weather conditions.

CORRECT ANSWER
adverse
EDDIE SAYS
The weather was bad, so the correct word is 'adverse'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the sentence.

 

The thief managed to __________ his captors by climbing out of the window.

CORRECT ANSWER
elude
EDDIE SAYS
The thief escaped, so the correct word is 'elude'.
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