Problem Words that Confuse People
The allusion was just an illusion
I'm done with the job for all
but I haven't had my exit interview yet.
- intents and purposes
- intensive purposes
of New York is Albany.
The capital of New York is Albany — "capital" is for cities (and money matters). "Capitol" always refers to a building, and "Capitol" with a capital C refers to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Tom wasn't too upset that Amy had been fired.
He had never really liked her
The Empire State Building is taller __________ the Chrysler Building.
The teacher's pointed questions failed to __________ any answers from the class.
Justin was __________ by the fireworks; he'd seen better pyrotechnics.
It's so __________ that it rained on their wedding day.
Rebecca went shopping for some __________ outfits to wear on her work trip.
_________ of what you think should happen, we're still going ahead with the renovation.
I'm __________ of that mean-looking dog next door.
It could be nice, but you never know.
Don't __________ the rules: __________ __________ for your protection.
- "Flaunt" means to show off, and "flout" means to break the rules. "Their" is possessive, "they're" means they are and "there" always refers to a place.
- We were terrified on the __________ mountain roads. tortuous They differ by only one letter, but the meanings are very different. "Tortuous" means twisting or winding and "torturous" means "causing pain and suffering." So, tortuous roads could be torturous in some situations, but they're not the same thing. torturous
I'm not under any __________ that our plane will actually leave on time tonight.
She was clearly __________ to the fact that she lost her job last week.
The __________ quilt looked lovely in the master bedroom.
The child's tantrum had absolutely no __________ on his mother.
She just took his hand and quietly led him out of the store.
Paul __________ an English accent every time he answered the phone.
Lawrence was so __________
after the motivational speech that he went for a jog when he got home.
We've decided to pay down the __________ of our mortgage instead of going on vacation this summer.
On __________, I refuse to buy from any cosmetics company that tests on animals.
The soldier was __________ at dawn the day after he was convicted of murder.
The __________ moment in the movie came when the hero was dangling from a bridge.
I'll give you some money
your tuition if you get good grades this semester.
"Towards" is the correct answer.
here from Ireland.
"Emigrate" and "immigrate" are very similar in both spelling and meaning. When the focus of the sentence is on the place the person left, it's "emigrate." When the focus is on the place the person ended up, it's "immigrated."
never going to win that race if you don't start training.
Taylor had a/an
expression on her face when she heard the joke — it was pretty funny.
She had never been so happy as when she finally
that heavy suitcase down on the floor.
I'm going to
down in bed and take a nice, long nap.
Again, "lay" requires a direct object: You lay something down. "Lie" does not require a direct object: You lie down in bed.
down in bed last night, I fell right asleep.
Lisa said she
if Tony went to the party with another girl.
They had broken up weeks ago.
- could care less
- couldn't care less
If you want to get literal about a figure of speech, "couldn't care less" is correct. If you "could care less," you're saying that it is possible you could care even less. But if you couldn't care less, you are officially at rock bottom of caring. Lisa could not possibly care any less about Tony.