Misused Words

Popular and Populous

Popular, an adjective, means well-liked.

Because the sophomore had a new car, he was popular with the girls in his class.

Populous, an adjective, means heavily populated.

The young couple lived in a populous part of the city.
Practice

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

(1) A drawback to being (popular, populous) is that you have no free time.

(2) The quiet farmer did not like living in a (popular, populous) section of the county.

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