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Working with Words

WORD REPLACEMENT

The following memo contains underlined phrases that could be stated as single words. Find the word in the following list that suits the definition and sentence context of each phrase, and write it in the corresponding blank space provided. You will not use all of the words.

overpricedultramodernmultipledecade
hypercriticalmultimillionextraordinarybiweekly


Memorandum

TO: Sales Staff

FROM: Wayne Ryan, Marketing Director

SUBJECT: Customer Survey

DATE: March 5, 200X

Our marketing department recently conducted a survey of credit

card customers to get their reaction to the (1) more-than-one-
						million-dollar expansion of Bob's Department Store. Our 

customers were very cooperative in answering our questions, 

although a few were (2) overly judgmental about some of Bob's 

services. The survey reveals that most of our customers believe 

Bob's products are (3) far too expensive. The majority believe 

that the new (4) very futuristic store is (5) highly
						exceptional, and they enjoy the surroundings.

   A profile of our shoppers shows that most have been loyal to us 

for over (6) ten years and shop at our store (7) every two weeks. 

Many customers own (8) more than one charge card and shop at both 

stores.

1:____________________________________________________________________
2:______________________________________________________________________
3:______________________________________________________________________
4:______________________________________________________________________
5:______________________________________________________________________
6:______________________________________________________________________
7:______________________________________________________________________
8:______________________________________________________________________

FIND THE MATCH

Circle the word that is closest in meaning to each italicized word.

1:extraordinary: simple, truthful, remarkable
2:overjoyed: bored, ecstatic, placid
3:omnipresent: vanished, everywhere, nowhere
4:multiply: increase, engage, equate
5:hypothesis: experiment, theory, novel
6:underprivileged: supported, unhappy, deprived

WORD SELECTION

Circle the word in parentheses that best completes each sentence.

1:Please form a ________________ with your chairs to facilitate group discussion. (semicircle / hemisphere)
2:Unfortunately, management believed that the candidate was ________________ and would soon become bored. (overqualified / extraordinary)
3:A ________________ is more than a decade. (century / millisecond)
4:Ignore the ________________ details and just focus on the main problem. (extraneous / dichotomous)
5:Since all three departments need the document, I'll have it reproduced in ________________. (triplicate / duplicate)
6:Their efforts to slow us down were simply intended to ________________ our newest advertising campaign. (superheat / undermine)
7:Those animals are ________________; they eat both animal and vegetable foods. (omnivorous / omnipresent)
8:A thousand thousand is one ________________. (million / trillion)

TRUE OR FALSE?

Circle T or F to indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false. Use the sentence context and your knowledge of prefixes to help you decide.

1:

TFA kilometer is less than a centimeter.


2:

TFSomeone who is hypersensitive to a particular food should not eat it.


3:

TFA bifocal lens contains two corrections in one lens.


4:

TFPandemonium means “demons everywhere.”


5:

TFA bilateral agreement is one made by three committees.


6:

TFA bilingual person is someone who speaks two languages.


7:

TFYou probably work part time if you are semiretired.


8:

TFA monologue is a script of a conversation.


9:

TFA unicorn and a rhinoceros might be related.


10:

TFA hypothermal blanket is very warm.


USING YOUR WORDS

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

1:multicolored
2:superfluous
3:unify
4:bilingual
5:triplicate



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