Words Matter - Chapter 15
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 15. Each of the ten words is accompanied by three sentences that use a form of the word. Only one of these sentences uses the word correctly, the other two use it incorrectly. Read all three sentences. Then click the button to the left of the sentence that uses the word correctly.

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The Language of Praise and Blame



When I complained about the shoddy work his men had done, the owner became testimonial and did not want to hear more of it.

When Joe Montana was elected to the Football Hall of Fame, many papers carried testimonials asserting his greatness as a quarterback.

I won't get the results of my testimonials until next Tuesday.



The first men to set foot on the moon were greeted with enormous adulation after they returned from their mission.

When Adele learned about her husband's adulation, she immediately filed for divorce.

The Senator responded to his critics with adulations of his own.



The judge would not allow the attorney's laudatory attacks to continue.

The commentator started with a few laudatory remarks, but was highly critical in the rest of his article.

I stopped working when the noise from downstairs became so laudable that I could no longer concentrate.



My English teacher insists that when we write a paper, we illustrate the general points we make with exemplaries.

Ed's attendance record is so exemplary that he may lose his job soon.

I was very proud when the instructor called my paper exemplary and read it aloud in class.



My supervisor keeps our morale up by always responding with approbation when we do things right.

In order to build the road, the state has to approbate large tracts of land.

I was stung by your approbation—I didn't mean any harm.



The president berated his staff for sloppy work.

It's easier for the higher berated college teams to attract promising players.

I'm berate in my payments and have to pay a stiff penalty.



The president reprobated his staff for excellent work.

Rudy was released from prison, but remains on reprobation for several years to come.

I was stung by your reprobation—I didn't mean any harm.



What makes terrorist attacks so reprehensible is that they are aimed at innocent people.

It's against the law to reprehend people for an extended period without charging them formally with a crime.

I have a hard time reprehending mathematical formulas.



People who are color-blind cannot recriminate between red and green.

Her memoir is filled with recriminations against her critics.

Professional athletes sometimes look down on recriminatory players.



Every newspaper seems to have a regular column where someone disparages advice on all kinds of problems.

I worked very hard at this and don't like seeing my efforts disparaged by you.

Employees need disparagement if their morale is to stay high.

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