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Working with Words


Circle the letter next to the answer that best completes the sentence. Use your knowledge of contextual clues, prefixes, and roots to help you decide.

1:The project met all its goals; it was ________________.

(a) sensible

(b) successful

(c) convertible

(d) goalish

2:The person in that job makes many public speeches; he or she is highly ________________.

(a) sensible

(b) visible

(c) senseful

(d) indivisible

3:The firm tried to ________________ all the talents of its employees.

(a) activize

(b) sensitize

(c) utilize

(d) memorize

4:We need to ________________ these procedures; everyone should follow the same steps.

(a) sensible

(b) standardize

(c) convertible

(d) terminate

5:The staff will never forget that ________________ day.

(a) memorable

(b) colorless

(c) forgetful

(d) priceless

6:The firm added another computer to the network in order to ________________ the production of reports.

(a) stop

(b) visualize

(c) facilitate

(d) specify

7:Opening this door will ________________ the alarm.

(a) activate

(b) facilitate

(c) calculate

(d) aerate

8:The bolts holding those parts together are loose; please ________________ them.

(a) activate

(b) tighten

(c) harden

(d) eliminate


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 context, roots, and suffixes to help you decide. Use each word only once. Use all of the words.


1:Doctors are thought to have handwriting so poor you cannot read what they write. Their handwriting is ________________.
2:Now that the procedure has begun, we cannot undo what has been done and go back. The process is ________________.
3:When Mr. Kent arrives at the office, he checks for messages, reads his mail, returns important calls, and then asks for the daily sales report. This routine never changes; the order is ________________.
4:Mary was in a great hurry and made her decision in haste. The decision was ________________. Mary made her decision ________________.
5:Sam checked the numbers in the spreadsheet with great care. He checked them ________________. He was very ________________.
6:The discussion continued for hours; everyone in the group had a great deal to say. The participants were ________________.
7:That vase is so valuable, a price cannot be placed on it. The vase is ________________.
8:The firm's president announced that the company made a profit. The occasion was a ________________ one—everyone was delighted.
9:The Employees for the Environment group planted 100 ________________ that would one day become large shade trees.
10:This report is very complicated; please try to make it simple. ________________ it.


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




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