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Vocabulary Strategy

Inflected  endings:  -s, -ed, and –ing

The inflected ending –s, -ed, and –ing may be added to verbs.  You can use these endings to help you figure out the meanings of unfamiliar verbs.

1.

Cover the ending and read the base form of the word.  

2.

Reread the sentence and make sure the word is a verb, that it shows action.  (Nouns can also end in –s.)

3.

Now look in the sentence for clues about what the word may mean.

4.

See if your meaning makes sense in the sentence.

As you read “War Heroes in Stone,”  look for verbs that end with –s, -ed, or –ing.  Think about the endings  and the way the words are used to help you figure out their meanings.

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