Here are the answers to the quiz we set on Friday. The correct sentences are in bold.
- economic / economical
a) I have a hybrid car. It’s very economical.
b) The economical situation in the UK has declined since Brexit.
So, sentence b) should be:
The economic situation in the UK has declined since Brexit.
- take over / overtake
a) We plan to take over one of our small European competitors.
b) I couldn’t take over the car in front because the road was very narrow.
So, we need to change sentence b) to:
I couldn’t overtake the car in front because the road was very narrow.
- special / specific
a) Can you go to the shops for me? This recipe requires a special type of cheese and I don’t have any.
b) This is a very special whisky. You can only buy it directly from the distillery.
Therefore, sentence a) should change to:
Can you go to the shops for me? This recipe requires a specific type of cheese and I don’t have any
- summarise / resume
a) Before I finish, I’d like to resume the main points of my presentation.
b) Let’s have some lunch. Don’t forget, lessons resume at two o’clock.
So let’s change sentence a) to:
Before I finish, I’d like to summarise the main points of my presentation.
- profit / benefit
a) Last year we made a big benefit from selling our UK division.
b) The main benefit of moving our company headquarters to Ireland is the low corporation taxes.
Therefore, we should change sentence a) to:
Last year we made a big profit from selling our UK division.
How many did you get right?
It is important to focus on those you didn’t get right. The best way to learn vocabulary is to think about when you can use the words and write some example sentences you could use in those situations.
Look out for the next Easily confused words quiz.