Most Confusing English Words with Exercise: Part 9

MINER & MINOR

MINER

Meaning: A person who works in a mine.
Example: He worked as a miner for 27 years.

MINOR

Meaning: Lesser in importance, seriousness, or significance.
Example: She requested a number of minor alterations.

MALL & MAUL

MALL

Meaning: A large enclosed shopping area.
Example: This photo shows the mall that is connected to the hotel.

MAUL

Meaning: (of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing.
Example: Two dogs mauled a young girl today. 

PATIENCE & PATIENTS

PATIENCE

Meaning: The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
Example: He has run out of patience with her.

PATIENTS

Meaning: Persons receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.
Example: Many patients in the hospital were waiting for the doctor. 

PAUSE & PAWS

PAUSE

Meaning: Stop action or speech for a short time.
Example: She paused, at a loss for words.

PAWS

Meaning: An animal's foot having claws and pads.
Example: Poachers sell bear paws. 

RAYS & RAISE

RAYS

Meaning: Waves or beams from the sun or any luminous body, or pass through a small opening.
Example: The sun is out now, and the floors are lit by the rays streaming through the window.

RAISE

Meaning: Lift or move to a higher position or level.
Example: Flag was raised over the city. 

SITE & SIGHT

SITE

Meaning: An area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed.
Example: The concrete is mixed on site.

SIGHT

Meaning: The power of seeing.
Example: Joseph lost his sight as a baby. 

STAIR & STARE

STAIR

Meaning: A set of steps leading from one floor of a building to another.
Example: He came up the stairs.

STARE

Meaning: Look at someone or something with one's eyes wide open.
Example: He stared at her in amazement.
 

SAIL & SALE

SAIL

Meaning: A journey by sailing ship.
Example: They went for a sail.

SALE

Meaning: The exchange of a commodity for money; the action of selling something.
Example: The sale has fallen through.
 

SENSOR & CENSOR

SENSOR

Meaning: A device which detects or measures a physical property.
Example: The engineers used electronic sensors to monitor each wheel.

CENSOR

Meaning: An official who examines books, films, news, etc.
Example: The report was approved by the military censors.
 

WHICH & WITCH

WHICH

Meaning: Asking for information specifying one or more people or things from a definite set.
Example: Which of his or her qualities do you see in yourself?

WITCH

Meaning: A woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones.
Example: Halloween is the night for witches and broomsticks.

Test Your Memory

1. Five ……were killed in mine accidents. (Minor/miner)
2. A patient has developed ……depression. (Minor/miner)
3. We went to a little restaurant in the……. (Mall/maul)
4. A man was ……by a lion at Zoo. (Mall/maul)
5. I was beginning to lose the little ……that I had left. (Patience/patients)
6. The treatment is useful for ……with diabetes. (Patience/patients)
7. Her dark blue eyes made him ……a second longer. (Paw/pause)
8. The animal left a large ……print in mud near houses. (Paw/pause)
9. A ……of sunlight came through the window. (Ray/raise)
10. She ……both arms above her head. (Ray/raise)
11. This is the proposed ……of a hydroelectric dam. (Sight/site)
12. His senses of smell, ……, and hearing are well developed. (Sight/site)
13. I took the ……down to the ground floor of the building. (Stare/stair)
14. I tended to sit and ……into space. (Stare/stair)
15. They are ……to San Francisco. (Sail/sale)
16. Money from each book ……will go to the Trust. (Sail/sale)
17. The lights are controlled by …… that measure sunlight. (Sensor/censor)
18. The movie has been given an adults-only rating by film……. (Sensor/censor)
19. ……way is the wind blowing? (Which/witch)
20. The mysterious world of……, wizards and warlocks is capturing their imaginations. (Which/witch)

ANSWERS

1. Miners
2. Minor
3. Mall
4. Mauled
5. Patience
6. Patients
7. Pause
8. Paw
9. Ray
10. Raised
11. Site
12. Sight
13. Stairs
14. Stare
15. Sailing
16. Sale
17. Sensors
18. Censors
19. Which
20. Witches

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