Grammar and Correct Word Usage Practice
Grammar and Correct Word Usage Practice
Written Practice 1
Choose a homonym from the preceding list to complete each sentence.
- We saw the _____ run out of the wooded area.
- Our troops were in _____ danger.
- _____ is used to stuff some pillows.
- The court delivered a _____ decision.
- Scientists finally realized that _____ was very dangerous to the health of small children.
- When its _____ began to peel off, we knew the tree was in danger of dying.
- If you drive drunk, the law will _____ punishment.
- I love your daughter; she's very _____ to me.
- Above the hat's _____ is the name of my favorite team.
- The teenager cried, "I can't _____ another disappointment!"
- Let me know when you're taking your next _____ to New England; I'll join you.
- My job was to _____ more supplies before we ran out of them.
- An attic full of _____ is always an unpleasant surprise.
- We didn't even know they had _____ until we saw them turning _____ at the corner.
- Our children always _____ to us as they back out of the driveway.
Written Practice 2
The following columns contain homophones. Read through them carefully before you complete the exercise. Then choose a homophone to complete each sentence in the exercise. Use your dictionary to find the meaning of any unknown word.
- As she walked down the _____, the bride was a vision in white.
- The orchestra had a large section of _____.
- The two _____, female deer, graze in my garden.
- What a beautiful _____ of colors.
- A _____ is a measure of weight for precious stones.
- The farmer _____s corn at the end of April.
- I heard from everyone; _____ expected to arrive before noon.
- As for you, _____ expected an hour later.
- The heavy machinery was delivered on a _____.
- I marked the missing word with a _____.
Written Practice 3
Circle the correct homophone in each sentence. If you need help, consult the extended list of homophones that follows this exercise.
- I always remembered the spelling of (principle, principal) after one teacher told me to think of him or her as a "pal."
- Please (pair, pare) the (pear, pare), and I will eat it.
- If something stays in place, it's (stationary, stationery).
- (Its, It's) another rainy day!
- I don't know many people who eat (currants, currents), do you?
- The (plain, plane) was in its (ascent, assent) when the problem occurred.
- The (capital, capitol) building in Providence, Rhode Island, has one of the few unsupported domes.
- (To, Too, Two) many children eat empty calories instead of fruits and vegetables.
- (Peace, Piece) seems like a thing of the (past, passed).
- I depend on Jeffrey to (council, counsel) me.
Written Practice 4
Choose the correct homophone to complete each of these sentences.
- A laundry (shoot/chute) is extremely useful.
- I was (fined/find) for driving through a yellow light.
- You'll find that (needing/kneading) dough is great exercise.
- The recipe says you should (mints/mince) the garlic.
- Did you know there was a (sail/sale) on children's shoes?
- With any luck, we can look forward to an era of (peace/piece).
- After the accident, the motorists created an ugly (scene/seen).
- That movie stirred me to the bottom of my (sole/soul).
- If I send a payment immediately, they'll (wave/waive) the fee.
- When you (wine/whine) and cry, it doesn't help.
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