Years ago and over a long stretch of time, a couple of my friends and I mulled the vagaries of the English language. From those ponderings sprang a list of nearly 200 “choose the right word” sentences suitable for any aspiring teachers to use. I share twenty of them with you now.
Directions: choose the correct word to complete the meaning of each sentence. (It sometimes helps to say them out loud.)
- The attitude of the class was (discussed, disgust).
- The pastry manufacturer finally got its business off the ground after several (false starts, false tarts).
- While at the restaurant, Superman had trouble getting his (capon, cape on).
- It is very easy to view the fish in this (manner, manor).
- The (stares, stairs) we received from the carpenters were not pleasing.
- The new thumb (tacks, tax) will hurt the average American.
- The wayward minstrel absconded with the (loot, lute).
- In the school play about the four food groups, my brother played a silent (roll, role).
- His favorite class was (band, banned).
- This is our (nuclear; new, clear) bomb.
- Though the contract negotiations were going well, his personal life was in shambles, and he couldn’t wait to reach a (happy medium, happy medium).
- While on his virtual reality vacation, the poll-taker took leave of his (census, senses).
- I should call the Guinness people and tell them about my brother’s incredible (feat, feet).
- There in (abasement, a basement) the mighty “king of the hill” mourned his downfall.
- On this airline, each vulture is allowed one (carry-on, carrion) bag.
- Madeline was hungry and disillusioned, and what she really needed at that moment was a (hero, hero).
- She soon came to regret her (birth, berth) on the train.
- While traveling abroad, the shoe salesman discovered that his (Polish, polish) wasn’t quite up to par.
- “I will now go (fast, fast),” stated the speedy ascetic.
- I would like to make the salad dressing, but I don’t have the (time, thyme).
How’d you do?