Words Matter - Chapter 22
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 22. 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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Living with the Animals



My dog and I have been species ever since I got her as a puppy.

My professor's species is animal psychology.

There are so many species of finches, I have a hard time telling them apart.



Elsie has a fierce bark, but is completely feral when she meets people.

The Jungle Book is the feral story of Mowgli who grew up among animals in the wild.

We found our cat in a completely feral state and it took her more than a year to let us pet her.



Sharks may be scary predators, but they have an important function in the overall life of the oceans.

Even her fiercest predators had to admit that the senator worked hard for her constituents.

I think I can find my way back if I just follow my predatory instincts.



I think our fish are happier in their new, more rapacious aquarium.

Male birds and animals often try to attract females with rapacious calls.

The recent corporate scandals have shown that the rapacity of some top executives has no bounds.



The teeth of typical carnivores enable the animals to tear into and cut meat.

After the long dry spell, even the trees have become carnivorous and are losing their leaves.

I used to eat meat, but now I've become a carnivore and stick to a meatless diet.



My omnivorous uncle Al seems to know the answer to everything.

Olga tries to lose weight and started an omnivorous diet.

I'm glad we humans are omnivores and able to enjoy the greatest variety of foods.



The habitats of many animals are shrinking because of residential and industrial development.

The habitat of camels looks so funny because the legs on each side move backward and forward together.

In principle, all mammals are habitable by humans.



Anthropomorphism is spreading among homeless animals living in cities.

Garfield is an anthropomorphic cat that even talks to his owner.

After his beloved cat died, Andy became more and more anthropomorphic.



Because he loved gadgets and mechanical devices, he decided to study zoology.

The eminent zoologist entertained his audience with pictures and stories from his latest field trip.

The zoology of Northern Africa consists to a large degree of the Sahara desert.



It was really ethological of Emma to rescue all those kittens.

I think Eric became an ethologist because he loves to spend time outdoors observing animals.

Lions, giraffes and elephants are prominent members of the ethology of Africa.

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Words Matter: Additional Exercises