Exercises - Confusing Words

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Exercises

Choose the correct word, win or earn.

  1. Michael the spelling bee last year.win: come first in a competition|past simple → won
  2. He a $50 gift voucher for the book shop.win: come first in a competition| past simple → won
  3. He the respect of the whole school when he spelled ‘onomatopoeia’ correctly.earn: deserve something because you have worked hard for it|past simple → earned
  4. He studied very hard and the title of champion.earn: deserve something because you have worked hard for it|past simple → earned
  5. I wonder who will the competition this year.win: come first in a competition|future I (will)win

Choose the correct preposition after win, at or against.

  1. Meredith is winning life. She has a good job, a nice place to live and lots of friends.win at = be the best at something
  2. Angelique Kerber won Serena Williams at the 2016 Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam.win against = defeat somebody/something
  3. My brother often wins scrabble. His brain is like a dictionary.win at = be the best at something
  4. Scientists are trying to win the war disease.win against = defeat somebody/something
  5. The Indian cricket team first won the English cricket team in 1952.win against = defeat somebody/something

Complete the sentence with win or earn.

  1. Richard $6.50 an hour at the cafe.earn: get money for work that you do| present simple, 3rd person singular → earns
  2. We the lottery last year.win: come first in a competition or race|past simple → won
  3. Who do you think will the gold medal this year?win: come first in a competition or race|future I (will) → win
  4. Movie stars a fortune for every movie.fixed expression: earn a fortune = make a lot of money
  5. I’ve been running around all day. I’m going to have a little nap. I’ve it.earn: deserve something because you have worked hard for it|present perfect → have earned