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A number of words have more than one meaning, even though the spelling does not change. You can usually determine which meaning is intended in a certain sentence by reading the rest of the sentence or the rest of the paragraph. For example, if you read that soldiers returned to their compound, you know that compound means "a walled-in area of buildings," not "a sentence with two clauses" or "a word made from two smaller words. " The word soldiers is the clue to the correct meaning of compound in this sentence. Look for the underlined word in the following sentences and choose its correct meaning.

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  • 1. 
    The banker returned the money to the vault.
    • A. 

      Burial chamber

    • B. 

      Leap over a barrier

    • C. 

      Room where valuables are kept

    • D. 

      Underground storage compartment

  • 2. 
    The tailor will press the seam before finishing the jacket.
    • A. 

      Squeeze out juice

    • B. 

      Force your way

    • C. 

      Make smooth

    • D. 

      Reporters

  • 3. 
    The spring was being polluted by fertilizer run-off.
    • A. 

      Water coming from the ground

    • B. 

      To jump up suddenly

    • C. 

      March to mid-June

    • D. 

      A coiled wire

  • 4. 
    Don't try that sport unless you are fit.
    • A. 

      The right size and shape

    • B. 

      Physically healthy

    • C. 

      Suitable

    • D. 

      Ready

  • 5. 
    Mark the page in your textbook.
    • A. 

      To set apart

    • B. 

      A starting line

    • C. 

      To make a line

    • D. 

      To write a note

  • 6. 
    Did you see the notice about the new class?
    • A. 

      To pay attention to

    • B. 

      To comment on

    • C. 

      Announcement

    • D. 

      Warning

  • 7. 
    She told me a story about why she was late.
    • A. 

      Floor in a building

    • B. 

      Fictional narrative

    • C. 

      Gossip

    • D. 

      Lie

  • 8. 
    When is the employees' morning break?
    • A. 

      To separate into parts

    • B. 

      To make inoperable

    • C. 

      Interruption

    • D. 

      To violate