Misused Words

Device and Devise

Device, a noun, means a mechanical invention used for a special purpose, such as a device for opening jars.

Bell invented the telephone, a device that allows people to communicate over distances.

Devise, a verb, means to plan.

The prisoner's goal was to devise a plan to escape from prison.

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

(1) As part of their course, the students had to (device, devise) a plan to make money.

(2) The (device, devise) that the students invented enabled them to make money.

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