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Working with Words

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 your knowledge of prefixes and context clues to help you decide. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.

minimumineligiblemaximizeunambiguous
dishonestminimizemicroscopenonproductive


1:Employees must work a ________________ of one weekend per month.
2:The manager's statement was ________________; she was very clear about her decision.
3:Employees and relatives are ________________ for the store drawing.
4:We hope to ________________ losses with our new inventory tracker.
5:The ________________ salesperson made false claims about the product.
6:Our lab will examine the cells under a high-powered ________________.
7:Without an agenda, our meeting will be ________________.
8:The firm improved its efficiency, hoping to ________________ its profits.

WORD COMPLETION

Complete each word in the left-hand column by adding one of the following prefixes. The meaning of the completed word is shown in the right-hand column.

mega-in-macro-micro-un-dis-


1:

________________beliefnot believing


2:

________________sophisticatedsimple


3:

________________sufficientnot enough


4:

________________phonevoice amplifier


5:

________________scopedevice that magnifies small objects


6:

________________commandlong computer command


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Circle the letter next to the answer that best defines the italicized word. Some of these words have not been introduced previously; you will need to analyze context and word elements and use your knowledge of prefixes.

1:The invention was an unsophisticated machine that even a child could operate.

(a) simple

(b) fun

(c) complex

(d) sturdy

2:The doctor prescribed a megadose of antibiotics to treat her illness.

(a) number

(b) large amount

(c) variety

(d) small amount

3:We will not disclose the selling price until the contract is signed.

(a) advertise

(b) make public

(c) increase

(d) decrease

4:A helpful attitude can disarm an unhappy customer.

(a) anger

(b) win over

(c) upset

(d) amuse

5:The meeting was atypical; the president was absent.

(a) written

(b) typecast

(c) cheerful

(d) different

6:We need a nonpartisan chairperson to bring the two sides together.

(a) social

(b) free from anxiety

(c) respected

(d) objective

7:The magnitude of your decision, with so many jobs at stake, must be overwhelming.

(a) importance

(b) process

(c) basis

(d) result

8:The manager was noncommittal about the amount of the pay increases.

(a) vague

(b) angry

(c) generous

(d) direct

USING YOUR WORDS

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

1:minimize
2:maximize
3:uncover
4:improbable
5:insufficient



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