Choose the right words to fill in the blanks: fewer Correct Incorrect fewer less Correct Incorrect less Correct! Wrong! "I can cook, but only if the recipe has fewer than three ingredients." "Fewer" is used for plural/countable nouns, and "less" is for singular nouns. use Correct Incorrect use used Correct Incorrect used Correct! Wrong! "A long time ago, we used to be friends." "Used to" is a past-tense verb, so it needs that D! adieu Correct Incorrect adieu ado Correct Incorrect ado Correct! Wrong! "Without further ado, here are the top 20 baby names of 2015." "Ado" means fuss or trouble; "adieu" means farewell. wet Correct Incorrect wet whet Correct Incorrect whet Correct! Wrong! "These culinary creations will whet your appetite." "Wet" means to make wet, while "whet" means to make sharper or stronger. peak Correct Incorrect peak peek Correct Incorrect peek pique Correct Incorrect pique Correct! Wrong! "Here's a sneak peek at the monsters in the new Doctor Who Christmas special." A peek is a look, and a peak is the top of a mountain. Pique is an emotional response to indignity (or a verb that means to cause such a response). have Correct Incorrect have of Correct Incorrect of Correct! Wrong! "The writers should have known better than to kill off a favorite character." "Should of" may sound similar to "should've," but it's not good grammar! Irregardless Correct Incorrect Irregardless Regardless Correct Incorrect Regardless Correct! Wrong! "Regardless of how much they practiced, the players knew they were going to lose." "Irregardless" is a nonstandard form of "regardless," and most dictionaries discourage using it. tenderhooks Correct Incorrect tenderhooks tenterhooks Correct Incorrect tenterhooks Correct! Wrong! "The world is on tenterhooks waiting for Beyoncé's next album." Being on tenterhooks means being kept in suspense. "Tenderhooks" is not a real thing. farther Correct Incorrect farther further Correct Incorrect further Correct! Wrong! "The weather just gets worse the farther west you go." "Farther" refers to distance; "further" refers to degree. do Correct Incorrect do due Correct Incorrect due Correct! Wrong! "To keep it simple, you can make do with concealer, mascara, and a neutral lipstick." To "make do" means to get along with what you have, i.e., to make (something) do (well enough for your purposes). baited Correct Incorrect baited bated Correct Incorrect bated Correct! Wrong! "Fans waited with bated breath for Zayn Malik to break his silence." To bate is to diminish, so "with bated breath" means they were nearly holding their breath with anticipation. intensive purposes Correct Incorrect intensive purposes intents and purposes Correct Incorrect intents and purposes Correct! Wrong! "For all intents and purposes, it was a declaration of war." The phrase is "for all intents and purposes" — not just the intensive purposes, all of them! statute Correct Incorrect statute statue Correct Incorrect statue Correct! Wrong! "By the time police started investigating, the statute of limitations had expired." A statute is a written law or regulation; a statue is a sculpted figure. composed Correct Incorrect composed comprised Correct Incorrect comprised Correct! Wrong! "They formed a judging panel composed of 11 chefs and bakers." These words are sometimes used interchangeably, but they're technically opposites: To compose is to make up; to comprise is to be made up of. implies Correct Incorrect implies infers Correct Incorrect infers Correct! Wrong! "The Pokédex implies that humans nearly hunted the Farfetch'd into extinction." To imply is to suggest; to infer is to guess or surmise. seated Correct Incorrect seated seeded Correct Incorrect seeded Correct! Wrong! "Their deep-seated frustration had simmered for decades." "Deep-seeded" may sound right, but it's actually "deep-seated" — picture someone seated firmly on a throne. jibe Correct Incorrect jibe jive Correct Incorrect jive Correct! Wrong! "If you don't jibe well with dairy, go ahead and leave off the cheese." To jibe is to be in agreement; to jive is to tease (or to dance to jive music). peaked Correct Incorrect peaked peeked Correct Incorrect peeked piqued Correct Incorrect piqued Correct! Wrong! "When you see a SALE sign, your curiosity is piqued." To pique is to cause an emotional response, like curiosity or annoyance. "Peaked" means at a high point, and "peeked" means looked. e.g. Correct Incorrect e.g. i.e. Correct Incorrect i.e. Correct! Wrong! "My favorite animals are rodents — e.g., gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs." "E.g." stands for "exempli gratia," which means "for example," while "i.e." stands for "id est," or "that is" — so use e.g. for examples and i.e. for providing clarification. regime Correct Incorrect regime regimen Correct Incorrect regimen regiment Correct Incorrect regiment Correct! Wrong! "Starting a workout regimen can be intimidating, but it's also totally rewarding." A regimen is a plan for staying healthy, whereas a regime is a form of government and a regiment is a military unit. Totally different!