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Chapter 7. Communication > Working with Words

Working with Words

MULTIPLE CHOICE

Circle the letter next to the answer that best completes the sentence.

1:June's instructor ________________ her for submitting her paper on time.

(a) commended

(b) comprehended

(c) apprised

(d) professed

2:Because the speaker ________________ from his topic, the audience had difficulty following his logic.

(a) delineated

(b) digressed

(c) revealed

(d) dictated

3:The classroom teacher ________________ the students about who cheated on the test.

(a) refuted

(b) directed

(c) inferred

(d) interrogated

4:The manager ________________ that she would not recommend anyone for a promotion.

(a) implied

(b) interrogated

(c) inferred

(d) dictated

5:Although the speaker did not tell them the actual cost, the audience ________________ that it was very high.

(a) implied

(b) interrogated

(c) inferred

(d) dictated

6:When the supervisor ________________ the staff of the possible layoffs, they became angry.

(a) admonished

(b) digressed

(c) apprised

(d) directed

7:We asked the executives to ________________ the steps of their plans for the future of the company.

(a) delineate

(b) interrogate

(c) imply

(d) digress

8:The foreman ________________ his workers for not cleaning the machinery properly.

(a) digressed

(b) admonished

(c) apprised

(d) refuted

FIND THE MISFIT

In each group, underline the word that doesn't belong with the others. Then state why it doesn't belong. Each group represents one of the following: sending, receiving, asking, answering, positive, negative, direct, indirect.

1:interrogate, inquire, request, infer
2:admonish, scold, admit, criticize
3:digress, wander, babble, instruct
4:comprehend, hear, read, state
5:read, reply, refute, respond
6:infer, understand, inform, listen
7:delineate, praise, state, tell
8:comprehend, commend, praise, laud
9:imply, hint, indicate, request
10:apprise, assert, claim, comprehend

FILL IN THE BLANKS

From the following list, select the word that best completes each sentence and write the word in the blank space provided. Use the sentence context to help you decide. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.

commenddelineateimply
apprisedigressadmonish


1:I would like to ________________ you of the fact that there will be no increases in pay this year.
2:I do not mean to ________________ that you do not deserve them.
3:Indeed, I ________________ you on your good work.
4:When you make your speech, do not ________________ from the main topic.
5:Please ________________ the steps of the new procedure for us.
6:My supervisor will ________________ me for being late.

USING YOUR WORDS

Use each of the following words in a sentence that demonstrates that you understand the meaning of the word.

1:imply
2:infer
3:delineate
4:digress
5:refute



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