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  • 1. 

    What part of speech is "specter", meaning "apparition"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Specter" is a noun that refers to an apparition or a ghostly figure. It is not a verb, adjective, or adverb, as it does not describe an action, quality, or manner. The word "specter" is used to identify a type of noun, specifically a person, place, thing, or idea.

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  • 2. 

    What part of speech is "spectrum", meaning "an image formed by rays of light or other radiant energy"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Spectrum" in this context refers to a noun. It is a common noun that represents a range of colors or wavelengths of light or other forms of energy. It is not an adjective, adverb, or verb, as it does not describe or modify a noun, verb, or adjective, respectively.

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  • 3. 

    What part of speech is "speculate", meaning "to pursue inquiries and form conjectures"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    B. Verb
    Explanation
    "Speculate" is a verb that means "to pursue inquiries and form conjectures." As a verb, it describes an action or a process of pursuing inquiries and forming conjectures. It is not a noun, adjective, or adverb, which are different parts of speech that serve different grammatical functions in a sentence.

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  • 4. 

    What part of speech is "speculator", meaning "one who makes an investment that involves a risk of loss, but also a chance of profit"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Adverb

    Correct Answer
    B. Noun
    Explanation
    "Speculator" is a noun because it refers to a person who engages in a specific activity, in this case, making investments that carry a risk of loss but also the potential for profit. As a noun, "speculator" functions as the subject or object of a sentence, and it can be modified by adjectives or articles. In this context, it represents a person rather than an action, quality, or manner, which are typically associated with verb, adjective, or adverb forms.

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  • 5. 

    What part of speech is "spherometer", meaning "an instrument for measuring curvature or radii of spherical surfaces"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Spherometer" is a specific term used to refer to a particular instrument, which indicates that it is a noun. In this context, it is described as "an instrument for measuring curvature or radii of spherical surfaces," further confirming its noun classification.

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  • 6. 

    What part of speech is "spinous", meaning "having spines"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    A. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Spinous" is a word that describes something as having spines. In this context, it is used as an adjective because it is modifying or describing a noun. Adjectives provide more information about nouns, such as their qualities or characteristics. In this case, "spinous" is describing something that has spines, indicating a specific attribute or feature of the noun it is modifying. Therefore, the correct answer is adjective.

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  • 7. 

    What part of speech is "spinster", meaning "a woman who has never been married"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    A. Noun
    Explanation
    "Spinster" is a noun that refers to a woman who has never been married. It is a specific term used to describe a particular type of person, and it functions as a noun in sentences.

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  • 8. 

    What part of speech is "spontaneous", meaning "arising from inherent qualities or tendencies without external efficient cause"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Spontaneous" is classified as an adjective because it describes a noun by expressing a quality or characteristic of it. In this context, "spontaneous" describes something that arises from inherent qualities or tendencies without an external cause. Adjectives modify or provide additional information about nouns, making them the appropriate part of speech for this definition of "spontaneous".

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  • 9. 

    What part of speech is "sprightly", meaning "vivacious"?

    • A.

      Adverb & Adjective

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Sprightly" is an adjective that means vivacious or lively. It describes a person or thing that is full of energy and enthusiasm. Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns, and in this case, "sprightly" is used to describe a noun or a pronoun, making it an adjective.

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  • 10. 

    What part of speech is "spurious", meaning "not genuine"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Adjective

    • C.

      Noun

    • D.

      Verb

    Correct Answer
    B. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Spurious" is an adjective that means "not genuine." Adjectives describe or modify nouns, indicating their qualities or characteristics. In this case, "spurious" describes something that is not authentic or true, emphasizing its lack of genuineness. Therefore, the correct answer is adjective.

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  • 11. 

    What part of speech is "squabble", meaning "to quarrel"?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Adverb & Adjective

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    A. Verb
    Explanation
    "Squabble" is a verb that means to quarrel or argue. It is an action word that describes the act of engaging in a dispute or disagreement. As a verb, "squabble" indicates an action or behavior rather than a person, place, thing, or quality. Therefore, the correct answer is "Verb."

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  • 12. 

    What part of speech is "squalid", meaning "having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance"?

    • A.

      Adverb

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adjective

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    C. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Squalid" is an adjective because it describes the appearance of something as dirty, mean, and poverty-stricken. Adjectives are words that modify or describe nouns or pronouns, and in this case, "squalid" modifies the noun "appearance". It does not function as an adverb, verb, or noun in this context.

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  • 13. 

    What part of speech is "squatter", meaning "one who settles on land without permission or right"?

    • A.

      Adjective

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Noun

    Correct Answer
    D. Noun
    Explanation
    "Squatter" is a noun because it refers to a person, specifically someone who settles on land without permission or right. A noun is a part of speech that names a person, place, thing, or idea, and "squatter" fits this definition. It is not an adjective, verb, or adverb because it does not describe or modify a noun, show an action, or modify a verb, respectively.

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  • 14. 

    What part of speech is "stagnant", meaning "not flowing: said of water, as in a pool"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Adverb

    • C.

      Verb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Stagnant" is a word used to describe water that is not flowing, specifically in a pool. As an adjective, it modifies the noun "water" to convey the state of being still or motionless. It does not function as a noun, adverb, or verb in this context.

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  • 15. 

    What part of speech is "staid", meaning "of a steady and sober character"?

    • A.

      Noun

    • B.

      Verb

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Adjective

    Correct Answer
    D. Adjective
    Explanation
    "Staid" is a descriptive word that describes a person or thing as having a steady and sober character. In grammar, such words are known as adjectives, which modify nouns to provide more information about them. Therefore, "adjective" is the correct answer for this question.

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