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Complete the following sentences by choosing the correct word from the pair given in brackets.


1.   Mary was greatly …ed by her father's death. (affect/effect)

2.   His death had a terrible … on her. (affect/effect)

3.   When does the new law come into …? (affect/effect)

4.   There were a few … sheets of paper on the table. (loose/lose)

5.   He expected to … the election. (loose/lose)

6.   The college … was a popular person. (principal/principle)

7.   She had some difficulty in understanding the … of acceleration. (principal/principle)

8.   My doctor has a private …. (practice/practise)

9.   Ann must … her music for the exam. (practice/practise)

10.        I'm going to buy a ruler from the … . (stationary/stationery)

11.        Don't get off the bus until it is … .  (stationary/stationery)

12.        I would strongly … you to use the dictionary. (advice/advise)

13.        John promised to follow his teacher’s … . (advice/advise)

14.        Prices seem to … every year. (raise/rise)

15.        Please … your hand if you want something. (raise/rise)

16.        She writes in her … every day. (dairy/diary)

17.        Butter, cheese and milk all are … products. (dairy/diary)

18.        Hari scored a  … in the football match. (gaol/goal)

19.        The judge sent him to  … for five years. (gaol/goal)

20.        He arranged to see her … in the day. (latter/later)

21.        She was … enough to carry an umbrella during the monsoon period. (sensible/sensitive)

22.        Please could you … me your book? (borrow/lend)

23.        What did you … to her? (say/speak)

24.        He was … in the earthquake last year. (died/killed)

25.        Could you … me some tea, please? (bring/take)

26.        She said she was … in playing cricket. (interested/interesting)

27.        The thief … the bank. (stole/robbed)

28.        I’ll … for you near the entrance. (expect/wait)

29.        I’m sorry, but your handwriting is … . (eligible/illegible)

30.        That man cannot read or write: he is … . (illiterate/literate)



1.     Affect

2.     Effect

3.     Effect

4.     Loose

5.     Lose

6.     Principal

7.     Principle

8.     Practice

9.     Practise

10.  Stationery

11.  Stationary

12.  Advise

13.  Advice

14.  Rise

15.  Raise

16.  Diary

17.  Dairy

18.  Goal

19.  Gaol

20.  Later

21.  Sensible

22.  Lend

23.  Say

24.  Killed

25.  Bring

26.  Interested

27.  Robbed

28.  Wait

29.  Illegible

30.  Illiterate


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