Infer vs Imply Quiz

In this infer vs imply quiz you can practice the differences between the two words.

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Infer vs Imply Quiz

Multiple Choice

Instructions

Choose which word correctly fits into the gap.

1. The detective was able to ________ who the perpetrator might be by carefully examining the clues at the crime scene.
infer
imply
Correct!
Wrong!

The detective was able to work out who it might based on evidence or reasoning so 'infer' is correct.

2. Her raised eyebrows and crossed arms ________ that she was displeased with the decision.
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

She is conveying a meaning indirectly (rather than saying it directly), so it's 'implied'.

3. The teacher's comments during class ________ that the upcoming test would be challenging.
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

The students could infer (deduce) that it will be challenging, but the teacher is implying (indicating/suggesting) it.

4. Based on the dark clouds and distant thunder, we can ________ that a storm is approaching.
infer
imply
Correct!
Wrong!

It's 'infer' as it's a conclusion based on evidence they see and reasoning (i.e. dark clouds and thunder usually mean rain).

5. Through statistical analysis, the scientists were able to ________ that the new drug is effective.
infer
imply
Correct!
Wrong!

The scientists are making a deduction based on the evidence they have so it's 'infer'.

6. His nervous fidgeting and avoiding eye contact ________ that he was hiding something.
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

His behaviour is suggesting or indicating to others that he is hiding something, so it's 'implied'.

7. I _________ from what John said that you have been unwell recently. Is that right?
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

The person is making a deduction based on evidence from what was said. So it's 'inferred'.

8. From the absence of footprints in the snow, they ________ that nobody had been there recently.
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

They are deducing this is the case from the evidence they see, so it's 'inferred'.

9. The speaker's tone of voice ________ that he disagreed with the proposal.
inferred
implied
Correct!
Wrong!

It's not being directly said that he disagrees, rather it is suggested by his tone of voice, so it's 'implied'.

10. The journalist's article seemed to ________ that the company was involved in fraudulent activities.
infer
imply
Correct!
Wrong!

'Seemed to' tells you that it's not being said directly. Rather it is being suggested or indicated. So it's 'imply'.

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