English is a tricky language. There are many words that sound and look similar, but their meanings are different. Why? Just to frustrate you. No, seriously, I’m not sure why. Nevertheless, I do know that the SAT tests your knowledge of some commonly confused words. You need to be able to determine the correct word choice based on the rest of the words in the sentence or passage (context clues). The passage below contains some commonly confused words. Use your knowledge of diction, or word choice, to determine the correct word.
I bet (your / you’re) dreaming about ice cream right now. You are studying for the SAT and thinking that this tasty dessert would be a nice (complement / compliment) to your current study session. You know it’s right (there / their / they’re) in the kitchen. Maybe a little treat is just what you need? You (accept / except) your destiny and head into the kitchen for a scoop. Enjoy your study break! After all, eating ice cream isn’t (elicit / illicit).
I bet you’re dreaming about ice cream right now. You are studying for the SAT and thinking that this tasty dessert would be a nice complement to your current study session. You know it’s right there in the kitchen. Maybe a little treat is just what you need? You accept your destiny and head into the kitchen for a scoop. Enjoy your study break! After all, eating ice cream isn’t illicit.
you’re (contraction) - you are
your (pronoun) - possessive
complement (noun) - something that completes to make a whole
compliment (noun) - a comment of praise
there (adverb) - in or at that place
their (pronoun) - possessive
they’re (contraction) - they are
accept (verb) - to agree to receive something
except (preposition) - to exclude something
illicit (adjective) - illegal
elicit (verb) - to draw out or bring out
Okay, did you take an ice cream break in the middle of this blog post? No judgement. It’s delicious. My personal favorites are mint chip and any combination of chocolate and peanut butter. I would love to hear about your favorite ice cream flavor and your thoughts on commonly confused words. Are you a big fan of rainbow sherbert, and do you frequently confuse affect and effect? Maybe rocky road is your jam, but knowing when to use its or it’s drives you bananas? Let me know in the comment section below. As always, thanks for reading and for visiting The Test Prep Spot.
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