Study the spelling, pronunciation, part of speech, and definition for each word. Read the sentence and the synonyms and antonyms.
1. ability (e ‘ bi le ty)
(n.) the power or skill to do something
Lifeguards must have the ability to swim well.
SYNONYMS: aptitude, coordination, dexterity, skill
ANTONYMS: inability, powerlessness
2. avoid (e ‘void)
(v.) to keep away from
They tried to avoid the mud slide, but they were not successful.
SYNONYMS: evade, escape, elude, shun
Match the Meaning
Choose the word whose meaning is suggested by the clue given.
1. A person who has the skill to do something has the ____________ to do it.
a. avoid b. ability
2. To _________ something is to stay away from it.
a. ability b. avoid
Choose the answer that best completes the sentence or answers the question
1. To avoid getting wet, you might
a.take a shower
b.bathe the dog
c.splash in a puddle
d.carry an umbrella
2. “What ability!” the teacher says. The teacher thinks the child is