Common Errors in Usage Quiz 1

Choose the appropriate word or expression to fill in each blank in the sentences below.

1. The damage (1) _____ by the attack was so severe that we had no options left (2) _____ surrender.

 
 
 
 

2. His noisy entrance into the building gave us (1) _____ notice of his arrival, so we were able to (2) _____ him.

 
 
 
 

3. Tim Duncan’s performance was not just (1) _____; it was the (2) _____ game of basketball I’ve ever seen someone play.

 
 
 
 

4. The school she (1) _____ was UC Davis, where she earned an (2) _____ degree.

 
 
 
 

5. The first chapter alone contains (1) _____ a dozen (2) _____ to The Odyssey.

 
 
 
 

6. This essay is (1) _____ serious revision; in fact, you should probably rewrite it (2) _____.

 
 
 
 

7. The CEO decided to (1) _____ changes in the company’s policies and (2) _____ a new strategy.

 
 
 
 

8. I became deeply (1) _____ the book; even though I didn’t (2) _____ the author’s claims, I appreciated her (3) _____ the rules of logic.