Here are the answers to the quiz we set on Friday. The correct sentences are in bold.
lastly / at last
a) At last, I’m going to talk about some of our plans for the new year.
b) You’re here at last! We’ve been waiting nearly an hour!
So, sentence a) should be:
Lastly, I’m going to talk about some of our plans for the new year.
large / important
a) This is an important step. If you get it wrong, the recipe won’t work properly.
b) I work for an important food company. We employ nearly 10,000 people.
So, sentence b) should say:
I work for a large company.
actually / currently
a) I’m not actually an employee of the company. I’m a freelance contractor.
b) He usually plays for Manchester City but he’s actually on loan to Ipswich Town.
We need to change sentence b) to:
He usually plays for Manchester City but he’s currently on loan to Ipswich Town.
assure / insure
a) In this part of the country, it’s important to assure your house against flooding.
b) I can assure you that your order will be delivered tomorrow.
When you insure something, you buy insurance to protect yourself from the financial risk of damage to your house or car. When you assure someone, you tell them that something is true or you make a promise.
That means sentence a) should be:
In this part of the country, it’s important to insure your house against flooding.
personal / personnel
a) It’s a personal problem. I don’t want to talk about it.
b) We have a big personal problem. It’s difficult to recruit skilled people in this region.
So, sentence b) needs to change to:
We have a big personnel problem.
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.