Consult your dictionary and choose the correct word from the pairs given in brackets. 1) The (site/cite) of the crime was (ghastly/ghostly). 2) Our college (principle/principal) is very annoying and strict. 3) I studied (continuously/continually) for more than nine hours. 4) The fog always has an adverse (affect/effect) on the traffic. 5) Cezanne, the well-known French Painter, was an exceptional (artist/artiste). 6) The book that you gave me last week was a brilliant (collage/college) of science fiction and mystery. 7) Our school will (host/hoist) an exhibition on modern technologies and energy conservation. 8) Screw the lid of the bottle tightly and (shake/shape) well before consuming the contents.
Hint: The options given in the question are pairs of words that have similar sounds or spellings but completely different meaning. Such words are called homonyms. For e.g. See means to look or watch, but Sea refers to a saline natural waterbody. Both these words have the exact same pronunciation but very different meanings.
Complete answer: Now let the find the correct word that is suitable for the given sentence 1) The site of the crime was ghastly. The word cite means ‘to refer to’. Ghastly means ‘eerie, scary’.
2) Our school principal is very annoying and strict. The word principle is ‘a proposition that acts as a foundation for a system’.
3) I studied continuously for more than nine hours. The word continually means ‘frequently’.
4) The fog always has an adverse effect on the traffic. The word affect is the verb form of the word effect.
5) Cezanne, the well-known French painter, was an exceptional artist. The word artiste means ‘performer’.
6) The book that you gave me last week was a brilliant college of science fiction and mystery. The word college is used for an ‘educational institution’.
7) Our school will host an exhibition on modern technologies and energy conservation. The word hoist means ‘to lift or to raise’.
8) Screw the lid of the bottle tightly and shake well before consuming the contents. The word shape means ‘to give or change to the physical form of something’.
Note: - Homonyms further divide into two groups. - Homographs are words that have the same spelling but not the same pronunciation. For e.g. Bow and bow. One of them is used to fire arrows and the other is a posture. - Homophones are words having different spellings but same pronunciation. For e.g. principle and principal.