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WORD BUILDING

Ag'e re [ac'tus] = to do, drive, urge.
Model analysis — Action from act, to do ; ion, the

act of ; action, the act of doing.

re act! 6 Every opinion reacts upon him who re ac'tion utters it.”? in active “Character itself fades away out of active ly the inactive life.” Brooks. trans act' Men transact business with one anac'tor other. a'gent

“ Abraham Lincoln was so exact in ex act all his dealings that people called him a'gen cy honest Abe.'” Coffin. coun ter act' Evil counteracts the good.

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6 Water, soft, pure, graceful water !

Earth has no other jewels so brilliant as the flashing spray of water upon which the sunlight pours."

5 Avoid extremes.” Cleobulus.

“ The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat to victory, and to save an empire.”

Memorize many of these quotations. When adding a suffix that begins with a vowel, all monosyllables ending with a consonant double the final consonant in case it is preceded by a single vowel.

All words of two or more syllables with a final consonant whose primary accent falls upon the last syllable, also double the final consonant in the same case.

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nour'ish

The rains nourish the plants. em bit'ter 6 Truth embitters those whom it does en light'en not enlighten.” a gree'a ble “ Animals are such agreeable friends. crit'i cism They ask no questions, they pass no still'ness criticisms.” — George Eliot. stead'y “Stillness of person and steadiness stead'i ness of features are signal marks of good fea'ture breeding.” -0. W. Holmes.

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11 “The morning lark, the messenger

of the day, Saluted with her song the morning

gray.” John Dryden. “True obedience does not argue or dispute.”

“The difference between one boy and another is not so much in talent as in energy.” Thomas Arnold.

“The apparel oft proclaims the man.”

“Now twilight lets her curtain down and pins it with a star.”

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When adding a suffix that begins with a vowel, most words ending in ce, ee, oe, and ge retain the e. Some do so to keep the soft sounds of c and g, while others retain the e to preserve the identity of the primitive word. When adding some suffixes with a vowel for the first letter, a few words drop the e.

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factor

Dress is a factor in business, no less so ci'e ty than in society. In this day, the averav'er age age business man is demanding that his em'ploy ee employees be so attired as to impress at tired' favorably the persons whom they are im press required to meet. fa'vor a bly The doe led her fawn upon the

meadow, begemmed with the dewbe gemmed' drops of early morning.

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art

art'ist
script
scrip'ture
art'ful
ar tistic
art'less
pre scribe!
a scribe
sub scribe!

“ As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler." - Izaak Walton.

This line is not in script but in print.

“ All Scripture is given for instruction.”

“In a very special sense man is artistic.” Lilly.

To those who fought and died for liberty, we ascribe all praise.

“And now subscribe your names.”

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“A word once uttered can never be recalled."

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