Words beginning with se...
To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together is to sew.

Words beginning with se...

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"Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness." - Bo Bennett.

Words, as you surely know, can be divided into syllables. Some words have only one syllable. Examples of monosyllabic words include "word", "and", "have", "one" and "you". Polysyllabic words, that is, words with more than one syllable, include "syllable", "divided", "potential" and "examples". In English, syllables can be stressed or unstressed and this quality can be heard in the spoken language. It is also used in poetry, where particular patterns of stressed and unstressed vowels are used by poets or even dictated by the requirements of certain types of poem. Have you ever heard of iambic pentameter, for example?

In the word "potential", the stress falls on the second syllable: po-ten-tial. You are unlikely to misspell the second syllable, because of the stress on the e. Accordingly, the lack of stress makes the first and final syllables more difficult.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To give part of what one has to somebody else
    The sound created by the trigraph -are- can also be spelled "air". So "share" rhymes with "fair", despite the differences in spelling between the two words
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A place that is holy
    "Shrine" is spelled like "shine" with an additional r
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A computer which provides services to users, either in the same computer or over a computer network
    Be careful not to confuse "server" with "severe"!
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The joint between the arm and the torso
    The -ou- is likely to be the trickiest part of this word
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A colony that is newly established
    Add the suffix -ment to "settle"
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together
    "Sew" is pronounced as if it were spelled "so"
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Unfair treatment or discrimination based on a person's sex
    The words "sex", "sexism" and "sexist" are related
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A person who discriminates on grounds of sex
    Adding -ist designates a person, while adding -ism creates a "noun of action"
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A prolonged military assault or a blockade of a city or fortress
    "Siege" is an example of a word where the "i before e" rule holds true
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A group of episodes of a television or radio programme broadcast at regular intervals
    Interestingly, "series" is singular despite its resemblance to typical English plural nouns

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