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Confusing words – part 52

 

PRESCRIBE / PROSCRIBE

The Athletics Federation has banned the runner from future races for using drugs.

The doctor some medicine and told her to have a week's rest.

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Torture and summary execution of political prisoners are by international law.

 

RATIONAL / RATIONALE

He's asking you to look at both sides of the case and come to a decision.

He tried to explain the scientific behind his work.

Mary was able to short-circuit her stress response by keeping her thoughts calm and .

However, the for such initiatives is not, of course, solely economic.

 

RETCH / WRETCH

The thought made her , though her stomach was long empty.

Who trampled on my flowers? I bet it was that little who live next door.

Bile rises within me and I emptily, my sight blurring as the tears begin to fall.

The poor working the steady cam must have been exhausted.

 

SANE / SEINE

The fishermen use a net in this fishery to encircle the tuna like a fence.

In the doctor's opinion he was at the time of the murder.

Success depended on dragging the close to the bottom and banks and closing it before fish escaped.

The only thing which keeps me after a hard day in the office is jogging!

 

SIMPLE / SIMPLISTIC

I know that sounds , but it's hard to describe in more complex terms!

We didn't go swimming for the reason that the water was too cold.

It is to treat strategic choice just as the logical comparison of strategic options.

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STRAIGHT / STRAIT

You bought the tickets, so if I pay for the taxi, we'll be .

So many companies are in such dire that their prices have come right down.

Let's get this - you're travelling to Frankfurt on Monday and Brussels on Tuesday, is that correct?

Perhaps the deep-sea corals thrive better on the other side of the ?

Attempting to turn gays is no less ludicrous than attempting to turn gay.

 

TEAR / TIER

You have to be very careful with books this old because the paper very easily.

I don't understand why you think we need yet another of management.

It's enough to make any sane person their hair out in desperation.

My wedding cake had four , each supported by small pillars.

 

TOLD / TOLLED

There are plans to build a motorway around the perimeter of the city.

Even when I made mistakes, many of which he predicted, he never once said, I you so.

After a session with the local witchdoctor who our fortune, we sampled the wonderful hot springs nearby.

Church bells and black flags fluttered.

 

VARY / VERY

We were at the end of the queue, so we didn't manage to get any tickets.

Some people give a regular monthly donation while others the amount they give.

The letter was sent on Monday from Berlin and arrived in Hamburg the next day.

Prices greatly depending on the time of year and type of accommodation.

 

WHICH / WHO

We drove past my old school, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

They should give the money to somebody they think needs the treatment most.

His old Mustang, he sold to Brent, is now bright red.

The girl in the red dress, is Paul’s girlfriend, broke her leg last year.

 
 
 

 

       


 

 

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