Commonly Confused Words - Quiz 7

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  1. He found a new ___ to go to school.
    a. root
    b. route

  2. He had ___ a bad cough but it did not get any worse.
    a. quiet
    b. quite

  3. He had ___ radial tires put on his car.
    a. duel
    b. dual
    c. duet

  4. He had a ___ complexion so he had to avoid too much sun.
    a. fair
    b. fare

  5. He had a ___ for news.
    a. knows
    b. nose

  6. He has a few screws ___.
    a. loose
    b. lose

  7. He has nothing to ___.
    a. loose
    b. lose

  8. He is a privileged owner of one the few ___ pieces of ancient pottery.
    a. extant
    b. extent

  9. He made a ___ to the right to catch his opponent off guard.
    a. faint
    b. feint

  10. He made an ___ to her, but it was not clear that he was talking directly about her.
    a. allusion
    b. illusion

  11. He ran so fast that he ___ all of the other runners.
    a. beat
    b. beet

  12. He showed his ___ by continuing despite an injury.
    a. medal
    b. meddle
    c. mettle

  13. He squeezed out a ___ of power at the end of the race.
    a. serge
    b. surge

  14. He stood for a long time on the ___ watching the ships pass by.
    a. peer
    b. pier
    c. pear

  15. He stubbed out his cigarette ___ in the ashtray.
    a. but
    b. butt

  16. He threw the __ to the second base man.
    a. ball
    b. bawl

  17. He took the ___ of a policeman in the school play.
    a. role
    b. roll

  18. He walked for days in the ___ without seeing another living thing, only sand.
    a. desert
    b. dessert

  19. He was ___ himself with worry.
    a. beside
    b. besides

  20. He was ___ to help the children read.
    a. scent
    b. sent
    c. cent

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