Do You Know These Confusing Words?

Today we’re going to look at three confusing words that are often used incorrectly. To begin, read the sentences below and decide whether they’re correct:

Disinterested in the speech, several citizens wandered over to the refreshment table.

A full compliment of officers attended the funeral.

The committee is comprised of officers, citizens, and local officials.

ANSWERS: All three are wrong. Here are the corrected sentences, along with explanations:

Uninterested in the speech, several citizens wandered over to the refreshment table. (Disinterested means impartial.)

A full complement of officers attended the funeral. (Compliment means praise.)

The committee is composed of officers, citizens, and local officials. (Or: The committee comprises officers, citizens, and local officials. Comprise means include.)

How did you do? These are three words that every professional should know.

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