Words Matter - Chapter 21
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 21. 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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In Sickness and in Health



I like songs with pleasant maladies that I can hum while listening.

Aspirin is a malady not only for aches and pains, but may also be good for your heart.

As I get older, I seem to suffer from an ever-increasing list of maladies.



At Pablo's 50th birthday celebration, Juan delivered a most moving pathology.

In pathology class today, we learned about common diseases of the eye.

Pigeons are pathological to doves.



Pilots must be highly deranged because the slightest mistake in the air may have terrible consequences.

My mother's hospital room smells pleasantly of the many flower derangements she has received.

The defendant claimed that he committed his crime in a state of temporary derangement.



Teresa was severely injured in the accident, but recovered with amazing trauma.

Trying to pull survivors of the earthquake from the rubble was a traumatic experience for the rescue team.

The actor delivered his great speech with much trauma and moved everyone in the audience.



I think Ted goes to the beach mainly to show off his tonic body.

Among all the tonics in our family, Marsha is the most outgoing.

A glass of cool lemonade is a real tonic at the end of a hot summer day.



The movie Troy shows Brad Pitt at his most moribund.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has been moribund for decades—I doubt it will ever pass.

After spending the summer by the sea, Max is again his old moribund self and eager for action.



The home team's victory resulted in a week-long rejuvenation in the city.

You can rejuvenate until you are blue in your face—I will not sign this letter.

Older paintings depict the "fountain of youth" whose magic powers rejuvenated the old and frail who bathed in it.



Get-rich-quick schemes are usually nostrums that benefit only those who sell them.

The nostrums of animals who depend on smell are usually soft and moist.

Before she left, her coworkers gave Nora a gorgeous nostrum of mixed flowers.



When the surgeon opened the panacea, she saw immediately that all help was too late.

Eating an apple a day is no panacea, but certainly better than not eating any fruit at all.

The movie ends in a stirring panacea to the heroes of the revolution.



Nobody imagined there was such a steely will behind Anna's analgesic face.

Before the advent of analgesics, surgery patients could be made unconscious only by a blow to the head.

Hardening of the arteries is an analgesic that increases with age.

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