VCR LESSON 3 PRESENTATIONS

HANNAH MAGRAW

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE WORD THAT BEST FITS.

When the final cast list went up on the theatre's doors, there was an ____________________ of 50 people all pushing and shoving to see the board.
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THE WORD

aggregation--noun


a large group or collection of people, animals, or things


aggregate--adjective, verb, and noun

THE ROOTS

grex, gregis (L.) flock, herd, crowd


ag (L.) to, toward

THE HISTORY

aggregation

  • from Medieval Latin
  • came about between 1540-1550


aggregate

  • from Latin and Late Middle English
  • came about between 1375-1425
  • as an adjective, literally means "united in a flock"

SYNONYMS

  • gathering
  • accumulation
  • assemblage
  • group
  • cluster
  • collection

ANTONYMS

  • individuals
  • part
  • one
  • single entity

CHOOSE THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IS USED INCORRECTLY.

  1. As a senior, Jenny stood apart from the aggregation of freshmen girls, avoiding the massive group of shrieking drama queens.
  2. My brother is not aggregation, preferring to avoid the crowds instead of mingle and be sociable.
  3. The Panthers' fans aggregate every Sunday and fill the stadium, all amassing under one roof to cheer on their favorite 9-0 team.
  4. The aggregation of cattle, a substantial herd, completely blocked the truck's travel on the rural Honduran road.

THE INCORRECT ANSWER IS 2 BECAUSE USED AS AN ADJECTIVE IT WOULD BE AGGREGATE, BUT MOREOVER, GREGARIOUS, AN ADJECTIVE FROM THE SAME ROOT MEANING SOCIABLE, WOULD BETTER FIT THERE.