Too, Two, To: Can You Pick the Right One?

EDUCATION

By: Annette

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

We all make mistakes. When it comes to proper English​, there are opportunities to make mistakes at every turn. In this quiz, we're going to strap on our tutus to see which two can do it, too.

____ that?

"Who's" refers to "who is." But there is a girl "whose" name is Sally.

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She ______ the document with care.

When you study something carefully, you pore over it. When you put maple syrup on your pancakes, you pour over them.

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The population of that country is ______ .

A population is homogenous when they're all the same. Homogenius is a misuse of the term homogenized.

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I have _____ much to do.

You have too much to do. If you have two papers to write, that might feel like too much to do.

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Why can't you _______ me for who I am?

You accept people for who they are. Except for your brother - you can't stand him.

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She feared that she was _____ hurt.

She feared that she was badly hurt. If she was badly hurt, than she would be in a bad mood.

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For all ______.

You always say, "for all intents and purposes." Intensive purposes aren't really a thing.

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I eat ice cream _______.

If you do things a lot, you do them frequently. To allot is to distribute or give away.

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The partners planned to stay for _____.

Both mean to stay for a shot time, but they are used differently. You stay for a while. Or you stay awhile.

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He wanted to ______ his skills as a pianist.

When you hone something, you sharpen it. Home refers to the place where you live.

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I would ______ attended, but I didn't feel good.

You say you "would have" attended. "Would of" is never correct.

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If you do this, _____ you will win that.

If you do this, then that will happen. That thing is better than this other thing.

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Don't lose ______ job!

You don't want to lose your job. You're unemployed if you lose your job.

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To _____ it may concern.

You say, "to whom it may concern." Who wants to know?

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Will you be ______ friends?

You can actually use either of these. Americans prefer "among," but Brits prefer "amongst."

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Let me _____ you that it is true.

When you assure someone, you tell them that it's definitely true. To ensure is to guarantee that something is true.

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They convened at the ______ Building.

The Capitol Building is where the legislature meets. Capital refers to the city that is the seat of government.

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I'd like to speak in his ______.

It's actually okay to use either. Americans prefer "defense," while Brits prefer "defence." In either case, be consistent.

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She _____ with her friend about his loss. She had never experienced such a loss herself.

You have sympathy when you feel sorry for another's suffering. You have empathy when you can understand a person's perspective.

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The ______ she walked, the more she knew she was lost.

Farther refers to distance that is physical, while further refers to metaphoric distance. You can wander further away from your goals.

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She was so embarrassed by her _____ at the​ wedding.

A gaffe is a social faux pas. However, a gaff is a kind of spear with a long handle.

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How many shades of _____ are there?

"Gray" is the American version. "Grey" is the British version. You choose! The movie is always "Fifty Shades of Grey," though, because the title is a play on a character's name.

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She walked ______ him.

There you have it again! "Toward" is commonly used in American English, and "towards" is often used in British English.

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I can't stand ________ offensiveness.

There is offensiveness in the world. Other people are responsible for their own offensiveness.

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I don't want to _____ the battle.

You don't want to lose the battle. It might help if your belt isn't too loose during the fight!

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Be sure to buy some fine _____ for your thank-you notes.

You always want to write thank-you notes on fine stationery. But to ensure that you write clearly, don't write while on a stationary bike.

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The ghost was merely an _______.

Something that is not real is an illusion. When you allude to something, you hint or intimate at it.

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To pay his rent, he was desperate to _____ the money.

When you borrow something, you accept it for a short period of time. When you lend, you hope the borrower will pay you back.

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The crazy guy was running through the streets ____ naked.

You can actually use either of these. Butt naked and buck naked are both appropriate English - but not appropriate attire in many situations.

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She had ______ a birthday present for her mother.

It's proper to say you had bought something in the past. It's bad English to say that you had boughten something.

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In ______, texting has made it easier to communicate.

In a way, texting has made communication easier, but not better! Conversation, in essence, is the greatest form of communication.

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That tiger is going to meet _____ maker.

The tiger is going to meet its maker. It's the nature of things. "It's" always means "it is."

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Moses _____ them to the bank.

Moses led them to the bank. His staff was made of lead; a metal. Led is the past tense of lead.

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The past has _______.

Something in the past has passed. When you passed something on your road trip, you wanted to turn back to see it.

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He clenched his jaw ______ in anger.

Something that is taut is tightly stretched. To taunt is to reproach someone sarcastically. Now you've been taught.

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