Misused Words

Adapt, Adept and Adopt

Adapt, a verb, means to adjust to something.

After living in the South America for most of his life, he finds it difficult to adapt to the cold of the Yukon.

Adept, an adjective, means skillful.

The young carpenter was quite adept in building sheds.

Adopt, a verb, means to legally raise another’s child.

The infertile couple was anxious to adopt a child.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the three practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) After many years of practice, Anne has become (adapt, adept, adopt) in playing the accordian.

(2) During the 2010 Haiti earthquake people tried to (adapt, adept, adopt) the orphans.

(3) Some of the pioneers found it difficult to (adapt, adept, adopt) to living in the wilderness.

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