Choose the right words to fill in the blanks:
"Do you know whose birthday cake this is?"
"Whose" means "relating to or belonging to whom"; "who's" means "who is."
"The internet has decided on its favorite Star Wars couple."
"Its" means relating to or belonging to it; "it's" means "it is."
"These cupcakes are better than a boyfriend."
"Than" is used for comparisons; "then" means "at that time."
"Here's how birth control actually affects your mood."
"Affects" means "has an effect on"; "effects" is usually a noun, but it can also be a verb that means "makes (something) happen."
"A massive downpour of rain accompanied the awe-inspiring flashes of lightning."
"Lightening" is a verb that means "making lighter"; "lightning" is the flashes of light during a storm.
"Did you see Leo's face when Lady Gaga walked up to accept her award?"
"Accept" means "receive"; "except" means "not including."
"Their constant chatter was more than I could bear."
"Bare" means "remove covering from"; "bear" means "endure."
"Once you're a parent, gross things don't really faze you."
"Faze" means "disturb"; "phase" means "part of a process."
"My last job was as a teacher's aide for a private company."
"Aid" means "help"; "aide" means "helper."
"This comfy couch will ensure you'll never leave your home again."
"Ensure" means "make sure"; "insure" means "get insurance for."
"Julie Andrews lost her full singing voice after an operation on her vocal cords."
"Chords" are the musical note combos; "cords" are the long thin wires.
"Forgo the body spray or cologne altogether and rely on your deodorant instead."
"Forego" is to go before; "forgo" is to go without.
"Drake's sole reason for being is to elicit thirst."
"Elicit" is a verb meaning "bring out"; "illicit" is an adjective meaning "not allowed."
"When you're being followed by a horde of photographers, every shot counts."
A hoard is a large collection of something; a horde is a large group of people.
"Our philosophy is based on a fundamental principle of love and respect."
A principle is a rule or belief; a principal is the head of a school (and it's also an adjective meaning "most important").
"To give a T-shirt designer flair, try geometric cutouts."
Flair refers to style or ability; a flare is a bright light.
"This is the search for Britney's 'lost album' and the freedom that still eludes her."
To elude is to avoid or escape something; to allude is to refer indirectly to something.
"My husband has an extensive palate and loves to try new foods."
"Palate" refers to sense of taste; "palette" refers to an artist's tool; "pallet" is a storage platform.
"The couple had their wedding photos taken on a sheer cliff face."
"Shear" means to cut; "sheer" means very steep.
"If you have long hair, it's easy to have a discreet undercut."
"Discreet" means unobtrusive; "discrete" means distinct.
"The store is paradise for anyone slightly obsessed with stationery."
"Stationary" means immobile; "stationery" means writing materials.
"To test her mettle, she conducted an interview by emoji."
A medal is what you get for an achievement; to meddle means to interfere; metal is the shiny substance; mettle is strength of spirit.
"She made the common new driver mistake of hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake."
A pedal is something you push with your foot; peddle means to sell. A brake is a device that makes something slow or stop; break means to fracture.
"The sun is setting at Burning Man, and the dusty avenues teem with weird life."
A team is people who work together; to teem is to be full (of something).
"We pored over the pages of the magazine."
To pore is to read intently; to pour is to flow or cause to flow.
"In due time, they shall take the reins of their queendom."
To reign is to rule over; reins are the straps used to control a horse (or a figurative restraining influence).