VCR Lesson 6 Presentation

Kevin Lu

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from Lesson 6

Brian is a fan of the renovations at the movie theater in Stonecrest because he enjoys watching movies while being ______________, a much more comfortable position than sitting.

The Word

recumbent (adj.)

  1. reclining; lying down

Its Roots

cubo, cubare, cubui, cubitum (L.) "to lie down"
incumbo, incumbere, incubui, incubitum (L.) "to recline"
re (L.) "back," "again"

Alternative Forms

  • recumbence (n.)
  • recumbency (n.)


  • lying
  • flat
  • horizontal
  • prone
  • sprawled
  • reclining


  • upright
  • standing
  • vertical
  • upstanding

Circle the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly

a. Instead of being recumbent, the man insisted on standing and pacing back and forth until he learned the results of his medical exam.
b. James bought a reclining chair that would perfectly suite his preferred state of recumbence.
c. The child fell asleep recumbently while his parents read him his favorite bedtime story.
d. It was a miracle that the old man passed out while being recumbent because a hard fall could have been fatal.


The correct answer is C. The alternative forms of recumbent are recumbence and recumbency which act as nouns, so the use of recumbent as an adverb is incorrect.