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52. Passed vs Past

Passed (v.)

Past tense of pass.

She passed me in the street without even saying hello.

Past (adv.)

From one side of something to the other.

I called out to him as he ran past.


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She successfully passed her science test.

A. NO CHANGE
B. past

I must have walked right passed her.

A. NO CHANGE
B. past

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53. Phenomenon vs Phenomena

Phenomenon (n.) Singular

Something remarkable.

The airborne phenomenon was observed off the coast of Edinburgh.

Phenomena (n.) Plural

We attribute these phenomena to confinement effects on the iodine molecules.

To discern whether you are looking at a singular or plural noun, make sure you look at the surrounding words like pronouns (these and those) as well as conjugated verbs (are, were).

What unified theory could possibly be rich enough to accommodate these phenomenon.

A. NO CHANGE
B. phenomena

This book is definitely a phenomenon.

A. NO CHANGE
B. phenomena


54. Plain vs Plane

Plain (adj.)

Easily seen.

She didn’t hide her annoyance, in fact, she made it plain.

Plane (adj.)

Completely flat.

They lie down on the plane surface.

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In science, the facts are plane to see.

A. NO CHANGE
B. plain

She wanted to buy a plane dress for her birthday party.

A. NO CHANGE
B. plain


55. Persecute vs Prosecute

Persecute (v.)

to treat somebody in a cruel and unfair way, especially based on race, religion or political beliefs.

People have been bullied and persecuted for who they are since the dawn of time.

Prosecute (v.)

Officially charge someone in court.

They need to investigate and prosecute those responsible for threats and abuses.

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The need to persecute illegal immigration also negatively impacts legal immigrants.

A. NO CHANGE
B. prosecute


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56. Precede vs Proceed

Precede (v.)

To happen before something.

A reception will precede the talk at 4 p.m., and a panel discussion will follow.

Proceed (v.)

To continue doing something that has already been started; to continue being done.

They are anxious to rebuild their lives, yet remain uncertain of how to proceed.

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Words precede the idea, not the other way around.

A. NO CHANGE
B. proceed


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57. Principal vs. Principle

Principal (n.)

Main, most important of all.

The principal reason for this outcome is the lack of funding.

Principle (n.)

Moral rule or a strong belief.

Stick to your principles and tell him you are not going to help with the illicit activity.


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Our school's principal is a very creative and nice person.

A. NO CHANGE
B.principle

There are some basic principals in science that everyone needs to know.

A. NO CHANGE
B. principles


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58. Peak vs. Peek vs. Pique

Peak (n.)

A pointed extremity.

He climbed to the peak of Mount Everest.

As a noun, it also means the point in greatest development, value, or intensity.

She wrote this book at the peak of her career.

Peak (v.)

Reach climax.

The stock market peaks during the holidays.

Peak (adj.)

Maximum.

We are operating at peak efficiency.

Peek (v.)

To glance quickly.

He peeked around the corner to see if anyone was coming.

Pique (v.)

To provoke or arouse.

You piqued my interest when you mentioned Da Vinci.

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James was past his peak during the last season.

A. NO CHANGE
B. peek

A quick peak at the christmas presents won't hurt anyone.

A. NO CHANGE
B. peek


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59. Sore vs. Soar

Sore (adj.)

Painful, aching.

She felt sore after a workout.

Soar (v.)

Raise quickly.

Unemployment rates soared during the recession.

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Their energy consumption will sore by 84 percent during August.

A. NO CHANGE
B. soar

My legs are sore after an intense workout.

A.NO CHANGE
B. soar

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60. Stationary vs Stationery

Stationery (n.)

Materials used for writing in the office.

Unable to afford new stationery, he wrote on the reverse side of old manuscripts.

Stationary (adj.)

Something fixed, not changing.

The other car damaged in the accident was a stationary vehicle.

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Blake loves to ride five miles on the stationary bike.

A. NO CHANGE
B. stationery

Every now and then I consult the small dictionary I bought at a stationary store.

A. NO CHANGE
B. stationery


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61. Summery vs Summary

Summery (adj.)

Summer like.

She wore a summery dress to the wedding.

Summary (n.)

Short statement containing main points.

Researchers published the summary of the study on their portal.

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Reading the summary of the book is never as interesting as reading the original one.

A. NO CHANGE
B. summery

What I'd like is a soft, pretty color that adds a little summary cheer to my face.

A. NO CHANGE
B. summery

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62. Than vs Then

Than (conjunction)

Conjunction that is used to introduce the second part of a comparison.

I am better than you.

Memory Trick: When you are asked to choose between then and than, remember that THAN has only one use - comparison. Both than and comparison have a letter “A” in them.

Then (adv.)

This word has multiple uses. Here are some examples.

At that time: I will see you then.

Next in time or order: We visited the zoo then walked around the park.

Additionally: We applied the discount, and then we had to pay sales tax.

In that case, accordingly: If it snows today, then your flight will be delayed or cancelled.

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More then 50,000 people are currently working in a medical field.

A. NO CHANGE
B. than

Every now and then, a public person is going to say something regrettable.

A. NO CHANGE
B. than

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63. There vs Their vs They’re

There (adv.)

At that place.

Do you want to come there with me?

Their (possessive adjective)

Belongs to them.

Their thorough knowledge is a true phenomenon.

They’re (two words)

Contraction of they are.

They’re lying on the floor, waiting for the yoga instructor to start the class.

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Their abilities show people that nothing is impossible.

A. NO CHANGE
B. they’re

They’re my favorite actors in the world.

A. NO CHANGE
B. There


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64. Through vs Threw

Through (preposition)

Into or out of, by means of, finished.

The burglar got in through the attack.

He plowed right through the other team's defensive line.

His business was through.

Threw (v.)

Past tense of throw.

She threw away his love letters.

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My mom asked me to through the garbage away.

A. NO CHANGE
B. throw

Going through the puberty years is hard.

A. NO CHANGE
B. throw


65. Thorough vs Through

Thorough (adj.)

Careful or complete.

Kelly thoroughly cleaned her office - there was not even a speck of dust on the floor.

Though (conjunction)

However; nevertheless.

She is really a sweetheart though she looks aloof and opinionated on the outside.

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The teacher asked us to thoroughly go over the passage and then complete the assignment.

A. NO CHANGE
B. thoughly


He is very handsome thorough his personality is very bad.

A. NO CHANGE
B. though

66. Vain vs. Vein

Vain (adj.)

Feeling high level of self importance, conceited.

A truly vain man gains 50 pounds and still thinks he looks like George Clooney.

Vain (adj.) II

Useless.

In a vain attempt to hold back the tears, he closes his eyes tightly.

Vein (n.)

Tubes used to carry blood around the body.

When you donate blood, they have to find a good vein to insert the needle.

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I don't like to think I'm vein but the truth is you have to be in this business.

A. NO CHANGE
B. vain

An experienced nurse always easily finds the vein.

A. NO CHANGE
B. vain

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67. Well vs Good

The rule of thumb is that good is an adjective and modifies nouns, while well is an adverb and modifies verbs: good cats eat well.

The lesson was good, he taught us well.

I think I did well on the exam because my teacher was in a good mood when I spoke with her.


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I adjusted pretty well sometimes, but there were times I could have done better.

A. NO CHANGE
B. good

I am more productive, when I am in a well mood.

A. NO CHANGE
B. good


68. Wary vs Weary

Wary (adj.)

Cautious.

Be wary of strangers who offer you a ride.

Weary (adj.)

Very tired.

We greeted a weary traveller and offered her a place to stay and rest up.

Grow weary of something - become tired or bored.

High school students soon grow weary of listening to a parade of scientific facts.

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Congress is weary of angry voters, but behind the scenes a compromise is forming.

A. NO CHANGE
B. wary

Sometimes talking to my opponents makes me so weary.

A. NO CHANGE
B. wary


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69. Where vs. Were vs. Wear

Where (adverb/conjunction/pronoun).

Relates to directions.

Where are you heading?

Where can also mean - in which

Anyone can recall a situation where they felt like a winner.

Were (v.)

The past tense of be.

They were late again.

Wear (v.)

Relates to clothes or fatigue. I

She wears dresses every day.

Your complaints are wearing me out.

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I usually were a dress when I am going to a meeting.

A. NO CHANGE
B. wear

Were are you going right now?

A. NO CHANGE
B. where


70. Weather vs. Whether

Weather (n.)

A condition of the atmosphere.

What is the weather like today?

Whether (conjunction)

Part of a paired conjunction whether ... or. It’s often used to indicate alternative possibilities.

He couldn’t decide whether he should stay or go.

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He can't decide weather to tell the truth or not.

A. NO CHANGE
B. weather

The weather is really sunny today.

A. NO CHANGE
B. whether


71. Who vs. Whom

Who (pronoun)

Refer to the subject of a sentence, or the person completing an action.

Who is going to the party?

This is the guy who proposed to Clare and got rejected.

Whom (pronoun)

Refers to the object of a sentence, or the person receiving an action.

Whom is an object pronoun, meaning if you could replace it with “him,” “her,” “me,” or “them,” you’re good to go.

The first employee they hired was Jeff Johnson, whom Knight had met at Stanford.

SAT TRICK: Use whom after a preposition (to, for, of,...). Use who for all other cases.

Brandon, in whom she confided, said he would support her unconditionally.

The girl who I met at the party chatted with Brit.

To figure out how much you owe, to whom and on what terms, and start paying it off.

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She said customers whom spend more than $100 get an extra discount.

A. NO CHANGE
B. who

Figure out how much you owe, to who and on what terms, and start paying it off.

A. NO CHANGE
B. whom

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72. Whose vs. Who’s

Whose (possessive pronoun.)

Used when you’re asking (or telling) whom something belongs to.

It's the house whose door is painted red.

Who’s (two words)

Contraction of who is.

I don’t know who’s coming to the party after 2:00 am.

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Whose pencil is this?

A. NO CHANGE
B. who

Who is the best actress in the world?

A. NO CHANGE
B. whose


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73. Appraised vs Upraised

Appraised (verb in past tense)

To appraise - to estimate value.

An appraiser - a person who estimates the value of something (car,house, jewelry, etc.)

She stealthily appraised him by looking up and down.

Upraised (adj.)

Raised to a higher level; held up.

He held up his upraised arm.

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Sometimes the properties were double appraised to make sure the value was there.

A. NO CHANGE
B. upraised


He has an appraised hand to find his friend.

A. NO CHANGE
B. upraised


74. Razed vs Raised

Razed (past tense of a verb to raze)

To raze - completely destroy ( villages, buildings, other site)

This old and delapidated facility was razed to build a brand new school.

The word “Raised”can be used as a participle of a verb to raise and an adjective. Let’s look at how the word “Raised” is used as an adjective first:

Raised (adj.)

Elevated to a higher level or more more intense and strong than usual.

The Highline in New York is a raised walkway that is 1.45 miles long.

Raise (v.)

Past tense raised

Lift or move to a higher position level

Construct or build the structure

Cause to rise or form

Bring something to the surface ( something that has sunk)

Increase the amount, level or strength of something

Promote someone to a higher rank


Students at school have raised $5000 for their school through recycling.

His mother raised him well.

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It was made of blue glass decorated with razed flowers and gardens.

A. NO CHANGE
B. raised



75. Loose vs Lose vs Loosen

Loose (adj.)

Not firmly fixed, free from restraint.

Apples were sold loose, not in bags.

Lose (v.)

Cease to have something; fail to find something; fail to win.

I am not going to lose this opportunity.

Loosen (v.)

Make less firm.

He loosened the knot on the tie.

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Business owners hate to lose money.

A. NO CHANGE
B. losse

She likes loosen jeans more than the tight ones.

A. NO CHANGE
B. loos


76. Laid vs Lay

Laid (v.)

Past tense form of Lay, place something in a resting position.

Protesters laid down flowers to the monument in the memory of the veterans.

She laid the baby down gently on the bed.

Lay (v.) - present tense

When used in the present tense, it means to put something down.


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She was laid off from her job as an employment research specialist.

A. NO CHANGE
B. lay

You need to teach your dog how to laid down.

A. NO CHANGE
B. lay


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ANSWERS:

52. A, B

She successfully passed her science test.

I must have walked right past her.

53. B, A

What unified theory could possibly be rich enough to accommodate these phenomena.

This book is definitely a phenomenon.

54. B, A

In science, the facts are plain to see.

She wanted to buy a plane dress for her birthday party.

55. A, D

The need to persecute illegal immigration also negatively impacts legal immigrants.

Eventually, Tweed and his gang were prosecuted on a number of charges, including fraud and larceny, and many of them were sent to a jail.

56. C, A

The day’s proceedings not only inspired the audience but also furthered Dr.King’s aim of enhancing solidarity between two countries.

words precede the idea, not the other way around.

57. A, B

Our school's principal is a very creative and nice person.

There are some basic principles in science that everyone needs to know.

58. A, B

James was past his peak during the last season.

A quick peak at the christmas presents won't hurt anyone.

59. B, A

Their energy consumption will soar by 84 percent during August.

My legs are sore after an intense workout.

60. A, B

Blake loves to ride five miles on the stationary bike.

Every now and then I consult the small dictionary I bought at a stationery store.

61. A, B

Reading the summary of the book is never as interesting as reading the original one.

What I'd like is a soft, pretty color that adds a little summery cheer to my face.

62. B, A

More than 50,000 people are currently working in a medical field.

Every now and then, a public person is going to say something regrettable.

63. A, A

Their abilities show people that nothing is impossible.

They’re my favorite actors in the world.

64. B, A

My mom asked me to through the garbage away.

Going through the puberty years is hard.

65. A, B

The teacher asked us to thoroughly go over the passage and then complete the assignment.

He is very handsome thorough his personality is very bad.

66. B, A

I don't like to think I'm vain but the truth is you have to be in this business.

An experienced nurse always easily finds the vein.

67. A, B

I adjusted pretty well sometimes, but there were times I could have done better.

I am more productive, when I am in a good mood.

68. B, A

Congress is wary of angry voters, but behind the scenes a compromise is forming.

Sometimes talking to my opponents makes me so weary.

69. B, B

I usually wear a dress when I am going to a meeting.

Where are you going right now?

70. B, A

He can't decide whether to tell the truth or not.

It's really sunny weather today.

71. B, B

She said customers who spend more than $100 get an extra discount.

Figure out how much you owe, to whom and on what terms, and start paying it off.

72. A, A

Whose pencil is this?

Who is the best actress in the world?

73. A, B

Sometimes the properties were double appraised to make sure the value was there.

He has an upraised hand to find his friend.

74. D, A

And Greece has raised the question of the sculptures’ repatratriation with almost every british ambassador.

It was made of blue glass decorated with razed flowers and gardens.

75. A, B

Business owners hate to lose money.

She likes loose jeans more than the tight ones.

76. A, B

She was laid off from her job as an employment research specialist

You need to teach your dog how to lay down.


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