Communications 2000

Assignment #2 - Multiple Meanings
Friday, October 8, 1999

Many, if not most, English words have multiple meanings. Sometimes meanings for a single word can be completely unrelated to each other. This week we will work with this phenomenon.

On the reverse side of this sheet, I have placed 20 sentences. Circle the number of the one I’ve assigned you.

General Instructions

Prepare each part below on a separate sheet of paper headed with your name, the class name, the due date and the assignment number. Proofread your work for legibility, conciseness, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and completeness. I will return Part 1 to you on Tuesday, October 12. Use it to improve your work in Part 2.

Specific Instructions

Part 1 – Due Monday, October 11, 1999

    1. Write out the name of the dictionary you are using.
    2. Write out your assigned sentence. If you do not use a word processor to prepare your homework, double underline each bolded word.
    3. Write out the dictionary sense (meaning) which defines the first bolded word in your sentence. Include its number.
    4. What part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, or adverb) does the first bolded word play in your sentence?

Part 2 – Due Wednesday, October 13, 1999

    1. Write out the name of the dictionary you are using.
    2. Write out your assigned sentence. If you do not use a word processor to prepare your homework, double underline each bolded word.
    3. Write out the dictionary sense (meaning) which defines the second bolded word in your sentence. Include its number.
    4. What part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, or adverb) does the second bolded word play in your sentence?

Example – Part 1

    1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition
    2. He parked his car at the town park while his children played.
    3. park2 2a (2) : to leave temporarily on a public way or in a parking lot or garage
    4. verb

 


Circle the number of your assigned sentence.

  1. She played the violin as a character in the school play.
  2. Soldiers used the cart to cart off the dead bodies.
  3. Despite the fact that she was run down from her cold, she scored the winning run.
  4. The pitcher drank a pitcher of lemonade between innings.
  5. Through the house’s window, he saw a word processing window on the display.
  6. In his job kneading bread dough, he made a lot of dough.
  7. They rolled up the roll of wire for shipping.
  8. Pointing his finger, he fingered the suspect.
  9. They skinned the mink because she wanted a mink skin for her coat.
  10. In a firm voice, the head of the firm read the bad news.
  11. The carpenter used a nail to nail the door shut.
  12. They built a wall to wall off the unsightly mess.
  13. The skunk’s smell smelled awful.
  14. The box of papers contained information showing that the criminals were boxed in.
  15. Sitting at her lunch table, the congresswoman heard her motion had been tabled.
  16. With her hand in a cast, it was hard to hand off the baton.
  17. The mouse emerged from his hole, scaring the typist so badly he dropped his mouse.
  18. The fence sat hidden behind the fence waiting for the thief to show up.
  19. Please give me leave to leave.
  20. He got wind of the story when the wind blew the newspaper into his room.