Most Confusing English Words with Exercise – Part 6
PEAK & PEEK
Meaning: The point of highest activity, quality, or achievement
Example: He is at peak of his career.
Meaning: Make an appearance
Example: Moonlight peeked in through the gaping hole in the roof.
PEDAL & PEDDLE
Meaning: A foot-operated throttle, brake, or clutch control in a motor vehicle
Example: A brake pedal.
Meaning: Try to sell something by going from place to place
Example: She peddled plastic materials around the country.
QUITE & QUIET
Meaning: To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree
Example: It’s quite warm outside.
Meaning: Making little or no noise
Example: They were listening to the teacher quietly.
RIGHT & WRITE
Meaning: Morally good, justified, or acceptable
Example: I think I have taken the right decision.
Meaning: Mark (letters, words, or other symbols) on a surface, typically paper, with a pen, pencil, or similar implement:
Example: Write down your address.
ROAD & RODE
Meaning: A wide way leading from one place to another
Example: She lives at 15 Park Road.
Meaning: past of ride
Example: He rode the child on his back.
STEAL & STEEL
Meaning: Taking another person’s thing without permission or legal right and without intending to return it
Example: Thieves stole her bicycle.
Meaning: An alloy of iron
Example: Its blades are of strong steel.
SWEET & SUITE
Meaning: Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey
Example: I want a cup of hot sweet tea.
Meaning: A set of rooms
Example: The hotel has two presidential suites.
THRONE & THROWN
Meaning: A ceremonial chair for a sovereign, bishop, or similar figure
Example: The doors led into a large throne room.
Meaning: Push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly.
Example: The door was thrown open.
THEIR & THERE
Meaning: Belonging to or associated with the people
Example: Parents always help their children.
Meaning: Used for place or position
Example: We went to London and stayed there ten days.
VAIN & VEIN
Meaning: Producing no result; useless
Example: Their efforts will go in vain.
Meaning: A blood vessel
Example: Such a clot will move to the heart along the main vein of the body.
Test Your Memory
1. Package holiday sales hit a …….. of around 15 million. (Peak/peek)
2. His socks were so full of holes his toes …….through. (Peak/peek)
3. I am not able to manage a clutch……. (Pedal/peddle)
4. They …… goods up and down the country – on foot. (Pedal/peddle)
5. She is …… beautiful. (Quite/quiet)
6. He was ……in the class. (Quite/quiet)
7. She admitted that we were……. (Right/write)
8. Let me …… his name on the paper. (Right/write)
9. They met with a …… accident. (Road/rode)
10. He regularly …… in favorable places. (Road/rode)
11. Add carbon to iron to make …… stronger and tougher. (Steel/steal)
12. She was found guilty of …… from her company. (Steel/steal)
13. The club’s two hospitality …… were full with corporate guests. (Sweet/suites)
14. The ……. natural taste of honey. (Sweet/suites)
15. Two massive golden …… sat in the center of the enormous room. (Thrown/throne)
16. One passenger was …….. out. (Thrown/throne)
17. I am not going ….. (There/their)
18. They were desperate to show ….. work. (There/their)
19. Going to the village was the ……. attempt to find him. (Vain/vein)
20. The pulmonary …….. are big veins that come from the lungs. (Vain/vein)
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