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English Vocabulary exercises: Many meanings

First, find all the words in the text which you know have more than one meaning and make a list of them.

Use a dictionary to find more.

Put any three of them in one sentence:

  • all with the same meaning as in the text.
  • all with different meanings from that in the text.


Second, make a very long sentence using all the words on your list, with the same meaning as that in the text or with a different meaning. You can use the same word more than once.

Third, make a short story of several sentences using all the words on your list, choosing beforehand either to keep the same meaning as in the text or to change the meaning systematically. You can use the same word more than once.



Do-It-Yourself English
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Centre de linguistique appliquée, Université de Franche-Comté