Most Confusing English Words with Exercise: Part 5

BIZARRE & BAZAAR

BIZARRE

Meaning: Very strange or unusual.
Example: His behavior has become bizarre.

BAZAAR

Meaning: A market or mart.
Example: He went to a bazaar to purchase grocery.


BOARDER & BORDER

BOARDER

Meaning: A person who receives regular meals when staying somewhere, in return for payment or services.
Example: She is preparing dinner for boarders.

BORDER

Meaning: A line separating two countries, administrative divisions, or other areas.
Example: He lives in an area of Pakistan close to the border with Afghanistan.

CEILING & SEALING

CEILING

Meaning: The upper interior surface of a room or other similar compartment.
Example: The books are stacked from floor to ceiling.

SEALING

Meaning: A device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them coming apart or to prevent anything passing between them.
Example: We need an airtight seal for the jar.

CARROT & CARAT

CARROT

Meaning: A vegetable.
Example: Carrot is good for health.

CARAT

Meaning: A measure of the purity of gold.
Example: This is a 22 carat ring.

FEAT & FEET

FEAT

Meaning: An achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.
Example: He has achieved feats that no ordinary man could do.

FEET

Meaning: Plural form of foot.
Example: They touch his feet to take blessings.

FLEE & FLEA

FLEE

Meaning: Run away from (someone or something).
Example: He was forced to flee the country.

FLEA

Meaning: A small wingless jumping insect.
Example: He is bitten by fleas.

GENES & JEANS

GENES

Meaning: A unit of heredity which is transferred from a parent to offspring.
Example: Playing tennis is in his genes.

JEANS

Meaning: Casual trousers made of denim or other cotton fabric.
Example: He has bought new jeans.

GORILLA & GUERRILLA

GORILLA

Meaning: A powerfully built great ape with a large head and short neck.
Example: Gorillas are found in the forests of central Africa.

GUERRILLA

Meaning: A member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces.
Example: There is a war between the country's military and the guerillas.

HOLE & WHOLE

HOLE

Meaning: A hollow place in a solid body or surface.
Example: The dog has dug a hole in the ground.

WHOLE 

Meaning: All of; entire.
Example: He spent the whole day walking.

HAIR & HARE

HAIR

Meaning: Any of the fine thread-like strands growing from the skin of humans, mammals, and some other animals.
Example: She has a shoulder length hair.

HARE

Meaning: A fast-running, long-eared mammal that resembles a large rabbit.
Example: European game animals include various deer, wild boar, hare, and rabbit.

Test Your Memory

1. The situation seems to be……. (Bizarre/ bazaar)
2. I will go to the ……with my mother. (Bizarre/ bazaar)
3. ……are waiting for breakfast. (Boarder/border)
4. There is a lot of security in the ……areas. (Boarder/border)
5. We need a ……fan for the room. (Ceiling/ sealing)
6. Post these letters after ……them. (Ceiling/ sealing)
7. ……is rich in vitamin A. (Carrot/ carat)
8. She has purchased a 22 ……necklace. (Carrot/ carat)
9. There is a pain in his……. (Feat/ feet)
10. She wants to attain that……. (Feat/ feet)
11. Five people were forced to ……their homes. (Flee/flea)
12. ……jump from person to person. (Flee/flea)
13. I like to wear……. (Jeans/ genes)
14. There is a genetic code on the……. (Jeans/ genes)
15. The mountain ……was discovered by Western explorers. (Guerilla/ gorilla)
16. They are fighting a ……war against huge forces. (Guerilla/ gorilla)
17. He has a ……in his sock. (Hole/ whole)
18. I have done the ……chapter. (Hole/ whole)
19. She likes short……. (Hair/ hare)
20. There is an increase in a number of birds and……. (Hair/ hare)

Answers
1. Bizarre
2. Bazaar
3. Boarders
4. Border
5. Ceiling
6. Sealing
7. Carrot
8. Carat
9. Feet
10. Feat
11. Flee
12. Fleas
13. Jeans
14. Genes
15. Gorilla
16. Guerrilla
17. Hole
18. Whole
19. Hair
20. Hares
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