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Why English Is So Hard to Learn

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Dec 13, 2011 5:30:00 AM

Question MarkThe bandage was wound around the wound. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. After a number of injections, my jaw got number. Any wonder why English is so hard to learn? How well will you do on this week's vocabulary test?

1. cotton: (a) repulse; (b) an object of aversion; (c) to take a liking; (d) persuade.

2. truck: (a) close association or connection; (b) mow, harvest; (c) to use up or pay out; (d) to tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure.

3. sally: (a) to waste time by loitering or delaying; (b) set out, depart; (c) mark by or express gloom; (d) to make a sound resembling that of wheezing.

4. blubber: (a) to weep noisily; (b) to utter a sharp shrill sound; (c) to affect with panic; (d) to laugh uproariously.

5. bone: (a) to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone; (b) to make more acute, intense, or effective; (c) to study hard; (d) to assume a pleasing color quality or tint.

6. brook: (a) to render inoperable; (b) bring face-to-face; (c) to join together for a common purpose; (d) to stand for.

7. goldbrick: (a) to shirk duty or responsibility; (b) to close, face, or pave with imaginary bricks; (c) defeat the hopes or aspirations of; (d) to seize especially by a writ of sequestration.

8. bay: (a) to thrust or propel (as a blow) in a lunge; (b) to bark with prolonged tones; (c) to pursue with intent to capture; (d) to surround in a restrictive manner.

9. bark: (a) to get into a vehicle or craft; (b) to pay close attention; (c) to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of; (d) a craft propelled by sails or oars.

10. gauntlet: (a) a multitude of assembled persons; (b) a glove; (c) something resembling a spigot especially in regulating availability or flow (as of money); (d) a moral or intellectual light

So, how did you do? Here are the answers to today's vocabulary test.

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