Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Improving vocabulary - Remembering new words

IV. Read the following story and identify the words with which you are not familiar. Find out how these words are used in this context.

The Cherry Tree
When George Washington was about six years old, he was presented with a small axe. Like most little boys, he was extremely fond of it. He went about cutting everything that came his way.

One day, as he was wandering about the garden, he happened to find a beautiful, young cherry tree. His father had planted this tree. Naturally he was very fond of it. George tried the edge of hisaxe on the bark of the tree. Ultimately the cherry died. Sometime after this, his father found out what had happened to his favourite tree. He came home in great anger and wanted to know who the guilty person was. But nobody could tell him anything about it. Just then George, with his little axe came into the room.

“George,” said his father, “do you know who killed my beautiful little cherry, yonder in the garden?”
This was a difficult question for George to answer. He was silent for a moment. But quickly recovering himself, he answered,

“I don’t want to hide the fact from you father. Sorry, I was the one who cut it with my new axe.”
The anger subsided. Taking the boy lovingly in his arms, George’s father said, “My son, you should not be afraid to tell the truth. Telling a lie is as sinful as cutting a 100 trees.”

E. Study Skills
One would get the following grammatical information if he refers to a standard dictionary.
1. the part of speech of a word
(whether it is a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.)
2. If it is a noun whether it is countable [c] or uncountable [u]
3. If it is a verb, whether it is transitive [vt] or intransitive [vi]
4. The derivatives if any

Task: Write the dictionary entries for the following words. modern, oasis, provide, sleep, medicine, grow

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