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Chapter 10. Section 2 Review > Working with Words

Working with Words

FIND THE MISFIT

In each group, underline the word that does not belong with the others. Then state why it doesn't belong.

1:praise, scold, ask, commend
2:listen, comprehend, understand, respond
3:imply, tell, apprise, comprehend
4:ramble, focus, wander, digress
5:apprise, assert, claim, comprehend
6:delineate, praise, state, inform
7:read, reply, refute, answer
8:infer, listen, imply, read
9:admit, confess, interrogate, tell
10:infer, interrogate, imply, inform

FILL IN THE BLANKS

From the following list, select the word that best fits the meaning of each sentence and write the word in the blank space provided. Use each word only once. Use all of the words. (Hint: First, complete the items you are sure of; then complete the more difficult ones.)

implyinfercommendadmonishdigressrefute


1:I wish to ________________ the mailroom staff for their efficient delivery system.
2:The manager did not directly state that the staff would receive a bonus, but she did ________________ that they would.
3:George will ________________ any employee who is not courteous to each and every customer.
4:The conference speaker had a tendency to ________________. Consequently, her points were sometimes difficult to understand.
5:Am I to ________________ from your lack of response that you do not wish to participate in this year's charity campaign?
6:He could not ________________ the accusations made against him.

FIND THE ERROR

Each of the following sentences contains an error related to size or amount. Circle the word that is not used correctly, and write a word in the blank that better suits the sentence context.

________________1. Doug obtained the money for the copies from puny cash.
________________2. The report gave the financial information in miniature detail.
________________3. The developer borrowed money to construct the copious building.
________________4. The minute accounting clerk could not reach the invoices stored on the top shelf.
________________5. The financial statement did not show specific, diminutive amounts.
________________6. The marketing department prepared a spacious report on the potential for the new product.
________________7. The directors walked many hours touring the massive site for the new building complex.
________________8. The price of the new equipment was myriad, so the firm did not approve the purchase.


WORD GROUP ASSIGNMENTS

Make three groups of words from the following list. Each group should consist of three words that are most like each other. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.

abundantamplecopiousdiminutivemassive
spaciouspettyminutemyriad 


1:__________________________________________________________________________
2:__________________________________________________________________________
3:__________________________________________________________________________

WORD GROUP ASSIGNMENTS

Make five groups of words from the following list. Each group should consist of three words that are most like each other. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.

dearthmomentouslackmassivecritical
urgentpaucityenormousheavyinsignificant
extravagantpettyexorbitantexcessivetrivial


1:__________________________________________________________________________
2:__________________________________________________________________________
3:__________________________________________________________________________
4:__________________________________________________________________________
5:__________________________________________________________________________

WORD SELECTION

Circle the word in parentheses that best completes each sentence.

1:Because the machine operator forgot the ________________ step of the process, the products were ruined. (essential / salient / momentous)
2:The ________________ issue before the board of directors was whether to employ a consultant to solve the problem. (paramount / eminent / momentous)
3:The merger of the two firms was a ________________ decision for the executives of both companies. (salient / momentous / eminent)
4:The ________________ point made in the presentation was that many employee hours could be saved using the new system. (eminent / salient / momentous)
5:The board of trustees was composed of many ________________ scholars and professionals. (momentous / eminent / urgent)

USING YOUR WORDS (REVIEW)

For each of the following words, write either a sentence using the word correctly or a brief explanation of its use.

1:apprise
2:imply
3:infer
4:commend
5:refute
6:digress
7:massive
8:puny
9:minute
10:trivial
11:petty
12:copious
13:extravagant
14:immoderate
15:meager
16:dearth
17:salient
18:paramount
19:essential
20:scold

Use each of the following phrases in a sentence that demonstrates that you understand the meaning of the phrase.

1:the eminent economist
2:the salient benefit
3:the essential ingredient
4:a momentous decision
5:the paramount issue
6:the salient feature
7:essential to the success
8:a momentous event
9:eminent physicist
10:paramount concern



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