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.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

1 comment:

  1. I totally love this post, Jamie!

    What's great about it is that you have seen a place where you applied your learning! That's SUPER cool. Most kids would have missed that. Highlighting that here in your portfolio was a great idea.

    So I have a weird question for you: Does "portly" -- which I THINK means fat! -- have anything to do with "carry?"

    Asking for a friend.

    ; )
    Mr. F

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