Misused Words

Discover and Invent

Discover, a verb, means to find something that already exists but was not previously known.

Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.

Invent, a verb, means to create something that did not exist before.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876.
Practice

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

(1) Whitcomb Judson is credited with the (discovery, invention) of the zipper.

(2) Dr. David Livingstone was the first white man to (discover, invent) the Victoria Falls in Africa.

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