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If You Can Get 10/12 On This Homophone Quiz, You're A Grammar Genius

Discreet or discrete?

Choose the word that makes the most sense for each sentence!

  1. Someone microwaved tuna at work and it smells _____.

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    Foul!

    "Foul" means "offensive to the senses," whereas "fowl" means "a bird of any kind."

  2. I've been walking all day, and I think the _____ of my feet hurt.

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    Heels!

    "Heel" means "the back of the foot below the ankle and behind the arch," whereas "heal" means "to make free from injury or disease."

  3. You're late. Go to the _____ office.

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    Principal!

    "Principal" means "a person who has controlling authority" or "most important, consequential, or influential," whereas "principle" means "a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption."

  4. The obstacle _____ looks very fun.

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    Course!

    "Course" means "the path over which something moves or extends," whereas "coarse" means "of ordinary or inferior quality or value."

  5. The _____ of Alaska is Juneau.

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    Capital!

    "Capital" can mean "the city serving as the seat of a government," "accumulated possessions," or "most serious," whereas "capitol" means "a building in which a state legislative body meets."

  6. Your blue shoes really _____ your black pants.

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    Complement!

    "Complement" means "something that fills up, completes, or makes better or perfect," whereas "compliment" means "an admiring remark."

  7. This year for her birthday, I gave my Aunt Mildred a silver _____.

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    Brooch!

    "Brooch" means "an ornament that is held by a pin or clasp and is worn at or near the neck," whereas "broach" means "any of various pointed or tapered tools, implements, or parts."

  8. Which direction is the wind blowing? Just look at the weather _____!

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    Vane!

    "Vane" means "a movable device attached to an elevated object (such as a spire) for showing the direction of the wind," whereas "vain" means "having or showing undue or excessive pride in one's appearance or achievements."

  9. The haunted hike was pretty ____. There were bloody chainsaws everywhere!

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    Grisly!

    "Grisly" means "inspiring horror or intense fear," whereas "grizzly" describes something gray in color.

  10. The teacher is there to give you _____ if you have any questions or need any advice.

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    Counsel!

    "Counsel" means "advice given especially as a result of consultation," whereas "council" means "an assembly or meeting for consultation, advice, or discussion."

  11. It is _____ to drive without a seatbelt on.

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    Illicit!

    "Illicit" means "not permitted, unlawful," whereas "elicit" "to call forth or draw out (something, such as information or a response)."

  12. To make the recipe, you just need to follow these five _____ steps.

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    Discrete!

    "Discrete" means "constituting a separate entity: individually distinct," whereas "discreet" means "having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech."

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