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topic: Commonly confused words in English 2

Choose the correct, most logical word (out of the two choices) to complete each of the sentences below. Some of these words are homonyms, others are not:
eg: The priest approached the altar. (altar/alter)


1. He took time off for (personnel/personal) reasons.

2. He was (formerly/formally) the assistant manager, but he was promoted to manager last week.

3. Riding around in a jeep in the (desert/dessert) was a lot of fun.

4. Police were trying to (diffuse/defuse) the situation.

5. I would (advice/advise) you to take that job.

6. The public relations expert agreed to (counsel/coucil) him on how to behave in a more prefessional manner.

7. The (envelop/envelope) contained $500.

8. The car was parked (beside/besides) the fire hydrant.

9. The (council/counsel) approved his promotion.

10. The vice president's speech (preceded/proceeded) that of the president at the convention.








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