Quiz: You could care less: Phrases you've been saying wrong Quiz
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You could care less: Phrases you've been saying wrong Quiz
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

Do you pride yourself on being the one in your group of friends who actually knows how to use the English language? If you are a card-carrying member of the grammar police, then this is the quiz for you. We've put together 35 of the most challenging phrases that many people use incorrectly. Can you get them all right?

Ok, so let's start with the elephant in the room.... could you, or couldn't you, care less? Let's think about it. If you could care less, then you still have some caring to do. If you couldn't care less, then you've reached the depth of your caring. So, if you're following us, the correct phrase is you "couldn't care less," as in you're all out of caring. Easy, right?

Here's another one... is it a "moot" or a "mute" point? Both "moot" and "mute" are actual words, but it's their meanings that help us understand the correct usage of the phrase. The word "mute" means "silent," and the word "moot" means "debatable" or "doubtful." So, the correct phrase is "it's a moot point." Have you been saying it wrong?

If you pride yourself on knowing which of these is correct and which is incorrect, take this quiz to find out if you really know as much as you think you do.



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Her grandfather was recently diagnosed with _____ disease.
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Since yesterday's decision, this is now a _____ point.
4 of 35
I'd like to _____ my language skills with a trip to France.
5 of 35
When you take care of a problem before it can get out of hand, you've nipped it in the _____.
6 of 35
They'll always remember that _____ day in June when they met.
8 of 35
_____ of the bad reviews, I'd still like to see the film.
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My New Year's resolution is to not let my band practice fall by the _____.
10 of 35
You can _____ it up to bad luck.
11 of 35
It'll give you some _____ of mind.
12 of 35
For three days, I waited with _____ breath for the reply.
13 of 35
They've given me free _____ over the group's schedule.
14 of 35
A lot of new projects will be coming down the _____ this year.
15 of 35
Someone's who's very eager is said to be _____ at the bit.
16 of 35
With deft _____ of hand, the magician pulled off the illusion.
17 of 35
Applicants will be met on a first-come, ___-___ basis.
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I promised I would help, but she expected me to be at her _____ call.
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For all _____ purposes, most eggcorns don't make any sense.
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Even though the accident caused a lot of damage, he got off _____-free.
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The person you blame for something you've done wrong, accidentally or otherwise, is your what?
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You've never told anyone about your deep-_____ fear of spiders.
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If he's perfect for the job, he's a _____-in.
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Can we eat soon? I'm having hunger _____.
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All 10 for one low price? You've _____ my interest.
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Which correctly completes this sentence: You've got another _____ coming.
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The tornado is predicted to _____ havoc on the west side of town.
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The extravagent shoes in the storefront window _____ her appetite for Oscar season.
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Because our ideas _____ with each other, we should work together.
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That boy is the _____ of his grandfather.
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Tonight we're going to a sneak _____ of that new alien movie.
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What is the _____ of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit?
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The cat spent his day planning how he'll _____ revenge about the empty food bowl.
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She winked and made a lighthearted joke about running away together. But they both knew it was all just _____.
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