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Quiz on Similar Sounding Words Part 1: Many English words sound similar but have different meanings. Choose the correct words to be used in the sentences below. 1. Very few people will (assent, accent, ascent) to having their tax returns made public. 2. Business that faces heavy regulation must (adept, adopt, adapt) to the environment. 3. High marginal income tax rates certainly (effect, affect, afflict) the scope of the underground economy. 4. Raising tax rates can be expected to have an (adverse, averse, advert) outcome. 5. People in the MOF should be (apprised, appraised, approached) of the situation. 6. Can you (assure, insure, ensure) that all people will report their taxes correctly. 7. Underground economies are usually about 10% as a (apportion, proportion, portion) of GDP. 8. Many people who are in the underground economy have taxes in (arrears, arraign, arrange). 9. Some people feel (born, borne, bored) with the subject of the underground economy. 10. This is a (casual, causal, castle) connection between the underground economy and currency usage. 11. The MOF has the power to (cease, seize, siege) your property if you have not paid your taxes. 12. The current (cession, session, section) of the Legislative Yuan is considering a new tax bill that will help to reduce the size of the underground economy. 13. I would like to (cite, sight, site) the appropriate provisions in the tax law while making my presentation before the Minister of Finance. 14. Sometimes tax evaders work together in the form of a (cliché, click, clique) 15. It was a perfect (compliment, complement, complicate) an already well-designed tax law. 16. The gullible tax collector listened to the man in a totally (credible, creditable, credulous) manner. 17. It was a (decent, dissent, descent) thing to do. 18. He hadn’t paid his tax and his story seemed to be a big (allusion, delusion, illusion). 19. He tried to (dissemble, disassemble, disabled) his tax return so as to fool the tax authorities. 20. He was unable to explain how he will (disperse, disburse, disparate) the funds. 21. The term (effective, efficient, efferent) means no waste. 22. He filed his return, but his writing was (eligible, illegible, ineligible). 23. He is one of the most (emanate, imminent, eminent) authorities on tax law in the world. 24. I suggest you take a different (root, route, rout) in seeking the answer to your question. 25. I don’t want to (expand, expend, expense) much time on this question. 26. I cannot (accede, exceed, succeed) to your demands. 27. His tax records are still (extant, extent, extend) 28. He gave a (faint, feint, fade) to the left to throw us off. 29. It is standard (fair, fare, fear) for him to complain about our work. 30. Try not to (medal, meddle, metal) in things you don’t understand. Part 2: Write two sentences -- one sentence for each word given. 1. similar, similarity 2. create, creation 3. mighty, mightily 4. capsule, encapsulate 5. love, lovely 6. led, leader 7. arranging, arrangement 8. engender, gender 9. a priori, a posteriori 10. fortunate, fortuitous Part 3: Identify the errors in the following sentences and correct them. 1. The underground economy is not using fair because some people public services A B who pay do not for them. D C 2. The size of the underground 3. We must economic estimate have do is hard to since we not data. C D A B undergroun d estimating size use an indirect method to the of the economy. A B D C 4. If money and income have a underground can estimate stability of relation, then we the size the A B C economy . D the use surge for in of currency the economy, then the underground C A B may be economy expanding. D 5. If there is a 6. A rise will generally reduction in the use of credit cards the public’s demand A C B for currency. D 7. An available increase will in the of ATM machines decrease the public’s demand A B C for currency. D signaling increase in large denominated currency possibly an B A B in increase the underground economy. D 8. A sudden to in increases is in the currency ratio due increases the underground C D A B economy. 9. Not all 10. Other in keeping has than taxes low, the MOF very little power reduce the size of A D C B the underground economy.