Practice in proofreading the work of others can help us become more aware of our own occasional slip-ups.This exercise offers practice in distinguishing some of those troublesome words that closely resemble other words--homonyms and homophones.
The adjective "serial" means arranged or occurring in a series.
The noun "cent" refers to a coin equal to the hundredth part of a dollar: a penny.
As both a noun and a verb, "scent" refers to an odor or the sense of smell.
Our Glossary of Usage contains more than 300 sets of commonly confused words--with definitions, examples, and practice exercises to help you keep these words straight.
But with a bit of review it's also easy to clear up such confusions.
It's easy to confuse words that are similar in sound, spelling, or meaning.This quick quiz (based on sentences drawn from works of creative nonfiction) will test your familiarity with 10 pairs of confusables--words that are frequently mixed up because they look and sound alike.A "caret" is a proofreading symbol (^) that indicates where something is to be inserted in a text.A "carrot" is an orange vegetable enjoyed by rabbits.The noun "cereal" refers to a grain (such as wheat or oats) or a breakfast food prepared from one of these grains.The noun "serial" refers to a work that appears in parts at regular intervals.