Another quiz: Homonyms
This comes from another prof here in Dallas, with a couple more added by me. Reminds me how often students confuse "then" and "than." Answers follow.
1. Government bodies said (A. eminent / B. imminent) domain proceedings were a last resort.
2. Mary said she had an (A. outer-body / B. out-of-body) experience last night.
3. The doctors discussed the merits of (A. preventive medicine / B. preventative medicine).
4. It was a no (A. holes / B. holds) barred discussion.
5. The Ironman competition tests an athlete's (A. mettle / B. metal / C. medal).
6. The river (A. teams / B. teems) with trout.
7. Before it crashed, the plane clipped a (A. guy / B. guide) wire with its wings.
8. It's too early to declare that this team is special. But it can be if given time to (A. jell / gel).
9. Charles Barkley commented on the new design of Allen Iverson’s (A. cornrows / B. cornrolls / C. cornroles).
10. All (A. and / B. in) all, the company’s policies were sufficient.
11. The boss decided the office manager could no longer cut the (A. muster / B. mustard), so the employee was let go.
12. The coach was the one to (A. meet / B. meat / C. mete) out punishment to players who broke rules.
1. A. eminent – rising above other things (imminent – likely to happen without delay)
2. B. out-of-body - of or marked by the psychological sensation of perceiving oneself from an external perspective
3. A or B. both are acceptable, although preventive is preferred
4. B. as in wrestling holds
5. A. mettle – quality of one’s character or temperament
6. B. teem – to be full, as though ready to bring forth young; abound; swarm
7. A. guy – a rope, chain or rod attached to something to steady or guide it
8. A or B. both are acceptable
9. A. cornrows – an African hairstyle of tight braids separated by wide parts
10. B. all in all – as a whole, considering everything
11. B. mustard, not to be confused with "pass muster," an old military phrase.
12. C. mete -- to dole out in small doses.