Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roots are Helping Me!

Yesterday, for my language arts homework, I did a Read Theory. When I was doing the questions part, I came across a question that asked for the definition of a word I didn't know:

Based on its use in paragraph 1, it can be inferred that the word portentous belongs to which of the following word groups?
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A. tragic, disastrous, terrible
B. terrifying, nefarious, evil
C. serious, melancholy, solemn
D. imaginary, fictitious, pretend

E. premonitory, ominous, threatening
To figure out the answer, I found a root word in portentous, which was port. I know that port means carry, so I thought maybe it carried a ominous feeling. I looked at the answers, and there was   ominous in answer E. I selected that, and I got it correct.