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Follo Accept vs Except: De-obfuscating w on Joi Subscrib n e on commonly confused words for CAT Most by Guest Writer on 17 August 2011 in Commonly confused words, MBA test prep, Verbal ability discussed Contributed By: Tanveer Ahmed 35 comments posts
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CAT 2011 registration begins, Interface contains clumsy UI errors 71 comments A 7-step strategy to get the most out of your CAT mock tests 53 comments I am a Team Man: Nominations open for CAT Dream Can you tell the difference between historic and historical? Team, Underdogs When do you use accept and when do you use except? Team, SB Team Further and Farther? Sensual and Sensuous? and Girls' Dream For the last four years the CAT has been testing aspirants on this particular type of vocabulary question. These types of questions can be Team labelled as Commonly Confused Words. 49 comments Format: Typically a sentence is given which has a blank. Two Readn mks man alternatives are provided for filling up the blank. The aspirant has to use his/her knowledge of English vocabulary to select the right word to prfct n gud mngr 2. IIMs, othrs intro fit into the blank. Of course this being the CAT it does not stop at that one has to solve 5 sentences like these to be able to arrive at one writn esays n selctn correct answer! Which means that you have to solve all the sentences proces so dat very carefully. Even if you get one of the sentences wrong the correct 'English' gts its du answers in all the other sentences would not fetch any marks. 47 comments Sample question from CAT 2007 Winning Silver: Figuring out the Sentences second last digit in

1.Regrettably [A] / Regretfully [B] I have to decline your invitation. Quantitative 2.I am drawn to the poetic, sensual [A] / sensuous [B] quality of her Aptitude paintings. 3.He was besides [A] / beside [B] himself with rage when I told him 46 comments what I had done. 4.After brushing against a stationary [A] / stationery [B] truck my car Shorter queues for turned turtle. CAT 2011 5.As the water began to rise over [A] / above [B] the danger mark, the vouchers, aspirants signs of an imminent flood were say normalisation clear. not an issue Answer Choices (1) BAABA (2) BBBAB (3) AAABA (4) BBAAB (5) BABAB 43 comments

Accept vs Except: De-obfuscating As you can see in the above question you have to pick the right word commonly for the blanks in Sentences 1-5 and the correct combination among the confused words for Answer Choices 1-5 has to be selected. CAT Practice: The question before us is to how to practice these types of questions as they are not available as a separate topic in any grammar book as such. In such a difficult situation we turn to the Internet for help. 35 comments

CAT replaces JMET: Move expected to ease a) Wikipedia: Our first stop is the Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a page pressure on with a list of English words which are commonly misused. The list of aspirants, faculty words are alphabetically arranged. It discusses the meaning of the words and uses the words in a sentence in the right way as well as non 34 comments standard constructions. Example from Wikipedia,

accept and except. While they sound similar (or even identical), except is a preposition that means apart from, while accept is a verb that means agree with, take in, or receive. Except is also occasionally used as a verb, meaning to take out or to leave out. o Standard: We accept all major credit cards, except Diners Club. o Standard: Men are fools present company excepted! (Which means, present company excluded) o Non-standard: I had trouble making friends with them; I never felt excepted. o Non-standard: We all went swimming, accept for Jack.

b) Google: If you type the phrase Commonly Confused Words into Google, you should get access to the following resources for CCW. (i) Oxford Dictionary has a page on this topic http://oxforddictionaries.com/page/easilyconfused which is in the

following format and has roughly 65-70 word pairs. Word 1 altar amoral Meaning Word 2 Meaning to change not following accepted moral standards to inform someone the action of rising or climbing up relating to the mouth; spoken

a sacred table in a alter church not concerned with right or wrong to assess agreement, approval relating to the ears or hearing immoral

appraise assent aural

apprise ascent oral

(ii) Edufind.com http://www.edufind.com/english/writing/easily_confused_words.cfm This too has a listing of pairs of easily confused of words. The advantage is that the meaning is not given on the page itself but rather is in the following format Word 1 defuse delusion delusion descent desert discreet Word 2 diffuse illusion allusion dissent dessert discrete

Once you have taken a look at the words defuse and diffuse and decided what they mean you can press the review button and it gives you the difference between the the two words in this form, defuse Remove the fuse from an explosive device. Can be used to mean to calm down an incident. Example: He defused a dangerous situation by talking calmly and logically to the angry mob. diffuse Spread over a wide area Example: The wreckage was found over a diffuse area covering nearly thirty square kilometers.

(iii) ABOUT.COM A number of quizzes are presented on about.com for identifying CCW. The advantage here is that the words are not stand-alone but appear in sentences as they would appear in the CAT. A look at the link http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_confusing1.htm shows us the following,

Q: The _____ applauded enthusiastically after the performance was finished. (a) audience (b) spectators You can keep marking your answers and get your score at the end of the the quiz. Other Links on about.com which may be useful for CCW are, a) http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_homophone1.htm b) http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_homophone2.htm c) http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bl_confusing2.htm c) As usual there is no place like Pagalguy for your prep work and a casual look at a couple of threads reveals a rich source of CCW. Examples from PG Threads,

moot:Subject to debate; arguable E.g: a moot question. moor: To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines E.g: moor a ship to a dock. amended:To remove the faults or errors in; correct. E.g.: President amended the earlier proposal so as to make it more comprehensive. emended:To improve by critical editing: E.g.: emend a faulty text. ingenious**:Marked by inventive skill and imagination. E.g: an ingenious scheme igneous: Of, relating to, or characteristic of fire. E.g.:an igneous desert atmosphere. prudent: Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.

E.g.: a prudent manager prudish: Marked by or exhibiting the characteristics of a prude(One who is excessive); E.g. prudish lady PG Threads for reference purpose, 1. http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/english-resources/44418commonly-confused-words.html 2. http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/english-resources/51429confusing-english-words.html d) Books If you are attending coaching classes you will find that they also provide you with a list of CCW in their Grammar Books. Apart from this, a good book to follow for these types of questions is Better English by Normal Lewis. e) Mock CATS: Since these questions have been coming in the CAT you will find that you will be frequently asked these types of questions in the Mocks . As discussed in my previous article on Mock CAT analysis maintain a database of these CCW and you will find the databank extremely helpful for revision purpose when the CAT is just round the corner! I am sure that if you tapped the above sources well you will be exposed to a variety of CCW and will confidently sale through the CCW. Oh! That should have been sail! Tanveer Ahmed is an alumnus of St Xaviers College, Kolkata and currently works with a people search firm as a recruiter. He is a visiting faculty with T.I.M.E. and also coaches and mentors CAT hopefuls online in the intricacies of the English language. (On LinkedIn) If you think you have what it takes to write interesting articles of the above kind on CAT strategy and have a past record of 99 percentiles in mocks, we are looking for Freelance test prep writers. Feel free to apply and well be happy to hear from you!
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Leave a Reply #1 August 17, 2011, 9:07 am backWithBang I have been things exactly the same way. Thx Tanvir. #2 August 17, 2011, 9:23 am nice #3 August 17, 2011, 9:49 am Abhineet Jain This is very informative and just for all the users out there.it will help even if one is not in preparation mode also. #4 August 17, 2011, 10:20 am kiterunner thank you tanveer..waiting for some articles on sentence correction!! #5 August 17, 2011, 11:54 am ANSWER OF BELOW QUESTION IS 2-BBBAB Sentences 1.Regrettably [A] / Regretfully [B] I have to decline your invitation. 2.I am drawn to the poetic, sensual [A] / sensuous [B] quality of her paintings. 3.He was besides [A] / beside [B] himself with rage when I told him what I had done. 4.After brushing against a stationary [A] / stationery [B] truck my car turned turtle. 5.As the water began to rise over [A] / above [B] the danger mark, the signs of an imminent flood were clear. Answer Choices (1) BAABA (2) BBBAB (3) AAABA (4) BBAAB (5) BABAB #6 August 17, 2011, 12:48 pm

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thanq for the post.. #7 August 17, 2011, 1:02 pm saurabhkhodk for more CCW you can also visit e http://www.hindu.com/nic/kye/index.htm. #8 August 17, 2011, 1:09 pm Octave91 Why not sensual for this one?? #9 August 17, 2011, 1:28 pm Angad Salaria Thank you Sire! Extremely useful resource. #10 August 17, 2011, 1:41 pm the ace @oyeoye YES! Well done! #11 August 17, 2011, 2:37 pm etorque9 i think the answer is (4) BBAAB.Very informative article. #12 August 17, 2011, 3:03 pm Thank you for the article sir, very useful ! #13 August 17, 2011, 3:16 pm adicool121 @Tanveer: Youre one of the few people for whom I eagerly wait to publish their articles. Reading your stuff is always a value addition. Kudos on that brother ! #14 August 17, 2011, 3:59 pm @octave: Sensual refers to touch .. #15 August 17, 2011, 4:13 pm MadMagga Good! #16 August 17, 2011, 4:54 pm Microlight Good source sites #17 August 17, 2011, 5:17 pm WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MAN.??? http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/From-2013give-only-one-test-for- MBAadmissions/articleshow/9628910.cms?intenttarget=n o #18 August 17, 2011, 6:31 pm very nice article

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#19 August 17, 2011, 6:40 pm anoopscat Thanks a lot! #20 August 17, 2011, 8:05 pm saurabhnitt nice articles and very helpful links.. #21 August 17, 2011, 9:10 pm vibhatidubey Thanx a ton.nice article :clap: #22 August 17, 2011, 10:22 pm missionpeace thank you sir,your articles are too good..Allah bless you #23 August 18, 2011, 7:33 am Thanks alot sir.very helpful article.. #24 August 18, 2011, 9:37 am Dom Cobb Nice Compilation. #25 August 18, 2011, 10:38 am divinechamp thanks a lot, this will help in the prep.. #26 August 18, 2011, 12:31 pm chaser thank u sir.. #27 August 18, 2011, 8:01 pm rishi rahul the answer is 4 not 2.i guess they had this q in aimcat 1212. #28 August 19, 2011, 12:12 am superb..bohot kaam ka links diya hai sir nebohot mast #29 August 19, 2011, 6:28 am Thank You sir ,a must read for all CAT aspirant. #30 August 19, 2011, 4:27 pm anshul soni i am confused between 2 n 4 option n d above post cn u pls clear me with d beside n besides one!! #31 August 20, 2011, 10:55 am i think the correct answer choice is 4. thnx sir.. its very helpful.. #32 August 21, 2011, 8:12 pm thanx tanvir sir it was very valuable

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#33 August 21, 2011, 11:04 pm namitadevi you have made me closer to my dream.i could see it now.thanku sir #34 August 23, 2011, 12:33 am Thanx for another brick..ll cement it further

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