Category: Competitions and quizzes

compliment

Quiz: ‘compliment’ or ‘complement’?

Compliment and complement are pronounced in the same way, but they have very different meanings. Take our quiz to find out if you can tell these two tricky words apart. Read more about the difference between compliment and complement.

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theater curtain

How well do you know the language of theatre?

All the world may be a stage, but that doesn’t mean that everyone speaks the language. Sometimes theatre can seem like its own little world, with a specialized vocabulary and coded references. (What do they mean by ‘Scottish play’?!) Check out our video to see how people on the streets in New York City did, […]

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Thomas Hardy

Which character from Thomas Hardy’s novels are you?

Whether you’ve been enjoying the recent film of Far From the Madding Crowd or have been a life-long fan of The Mayor of Casterbridge, a question has probably crossed your mind: ‘which Thomas Hardy character am I most like?’ Wonder no longer; take our quiz and discover the answer. Find out whether you’re headstrong Michael […]

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May WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know May’s Words of the Day?

Cajole, camarilla, and parergon: do you remember last month’s Words of the Day? Take our vocabulary quiz to test your knowledge. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word.

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apple pie a la mode

Quiz: how well do you know sweets around the world?

The world of cuisine is rich in language, often with borrowings from a wide array of cultures, names that follow recipes as they are exchanged across continents and oceans. But when food travels, sometimes the meanings are lost in translation; when you ask for apple pie à la mode in the US, you will get […]

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less fewer

Quiz: less or fewer?

Have you watched our video about when to use less and when to use fewer in a sentence? Then it’s time to test yourself with our quiz:

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April WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know April’s Words of the Day?

Have you paid attention to April’s Words of the Day? Take the quiz to find out if you can match the words with the correct definitions. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

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historical nicknames

How well do you know historical nicknames?

Many famous people through history are best remembered by nicknames. You might be familiar with authors who adopted pseudonyms (George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, etc.) but what of those people known only by epithets? Take our quiz and see how well you know the real names behind historical nicknames.

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