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Chapter 8. Size and Amount > Working with Words

Working with Words

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.)

pettydiminutiveminiaturespacious
punyenormousminutemassive


1:They tried to move the executive's ________________ desk, but it was too heavy.
2:The architect's model of the proposed shopping center included ________________ buildings and trees.
3:The ________________ child was smaller than his playmates, but was healthy and happy.
4:Pay for the stamps with ________________ cash.
5:Most of the offices were small; the executives' offices, however, were very ________________.
6:The report was very thorough; it provided ________________ details about the company's daily operations.
7:The tree was not just big, it was ________________.
8:The plants had not received proper care and looked very ________________.

MORE WORDS

Make a list of the words you can think of that mean “small” or “little” and another list of words that mean “large.” You will probably be surprised at how many you can name. Compare your list with those of your classmates. Make a group list.

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.)

meageradequateabundantpetty
extravagantpaltryexorbitantpaucity


1:You can buy all of this for the ________________ sum of $4.
2:The staff wondered why the managers were making such a fuss over a matter that seemed so ________________.
3:The company's ________________ financial resources were used to invest in new products.
4:Buying the expensive new suit was ________________, but he did it anyway.
5:Is there ________________ space for everyone to be comfortable?
6:The prices at that stationery store are ________________; we no longer buy our supplies there.
7:Mrs. Hubbard's supply of dog bones was very ________________.
8:There seemed to be a ________________ of applicants qualified for the job.

FIND THE MISFIT

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

1:extravagant, expensive, exasperate, exorbitant
2:trivial, pursuit, paltry, meager
3:adequate, spacious, enough, sufficient
4:minute, massive, heavy, large
5:puny, small, underfed, old
6:diminutive, slight, dim-witted, small



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