A critique of ‘critic’

Many teachers believe that smartphones should not be allowed in class because they distract students and do not help them to develop learning skills. However these critics are wrong, for the following reasons.

Critic is one of those words that has several forms, some of which have been borrowed by other languages and some of which have not. Consequently there is potential for word form error when critic is used by non-native speakers.
Indonesian flag Indonesians often use critic when they mean criticism!

The options are as follows:

  • critic (n) – a person who criticises
  • criticise (v) – evaluate something or someone
  • criticism (n) – positive or negative evaluation made by a critic (countable and uncountable)
  • critical (adj) – an adjective to describe an evaluation made by a critic
  • critique (n) – a text, often more than one sentence, even an entire book, written by a critic and filled with critical observations (countable and uncountable). This post is a ‘critique’!
  • critique (v) – write a critique (almost always followed by an object – the person or thing that you’re critiquing!).

Clicking the words above will take you to sample sentences containing the words. Take a look at some of these before attempting the practice activity below.


Select words from the drop-down menus to complete the text. When you have finished, click 'Check your answers!' for feedback.

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Renowned film Joe Bloggs died yesterday as he was writing a of contemporary painting. Throughout his career Bloggs was of art that made no attempt to society, and as a result he often received from his more conservative peers. Few contemporary art the way Bloggs did.

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