Misused Words

Conscience and Conscious

Conscience means a sense of right and wrong.

The boy's conscience forced him to return the candy he had stolen from the store.

Conscious means being aware.

After five minutes the boy became conscious and was aware of the people around him.
Practice

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

(1) If you have a (conscience, conscious), you will not allow your pet to suffer needlessly.

(2) When the ambulance arrived, the patient was still (conscience, conscious).

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