Misused Words

Evacuate and Excavate

Evacuate, a verb, means to leave empty.

The residents were told to evacuate the hotel when smoke was detected in the corridors.

Excavate, a verb, means to remove soil.

The operator was told to excavate the ground in preparation for constructing a new apartment building.

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

(1) It did not take people long to (evacuate, excavate) the building when the alarm sounded.

(2) Who is reponsible for the (evacuation, excavation) for the swimming pool?

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