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Volume 4, Number 21, February 22, 1999

Using a Dictionary - Definitions and Sounds

Use a dictionary to help you answer the questions.


1. Which word ends with the same sound as “naive”?

a. leave
b. drive
c. give
d. life

2. Which statement describes a naive person?

a. Gary is a very smart shopper. He always learns everything he can about the products he’s interested in and compares prices carefully.
b. Richard often buys things he doesn’t need and pays more for them than necessary. The problem comes from the fact that he believes that every salesperson is honest.
c. Kathy never bothers to match colors when she dresses. Today she’s wearing one green and one yellow sock.
d. Joan is always willing to help someone in need. She is generous with her time and money.

3. Which word sounds just like the last syllable of “dissuade”?

a. add
b. sad
c. odd
d. swayed

4. Which sentence uses “dissuade” correctly?

a. If your jacket is too fuzzy, we can always dissuade it.
b. He tried to dissuade her from leaving by promising her a better job.
c. I can’t dissuade which meal I should order.
d. She likes that suede and I like dissuade.

5. Which word is a homonym of “lei”?

a. lay
b. lie
c. lea
d. low

6. What is a lei made of?

a. bricks or concrete blocks
b. pearls and cow patties
c. flowers and leaves
d. peach pits




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