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Thursday, March 29, 2012
How is This Different
One of these words is not like the others. Which one, and how is it different? Race... borrow... taste... suspect... drive... dive.
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I'm going to go with borrow, because it is the only word that can only be a verb and not a noun.ReplyDelete
But, there's also:
Race is the only one capitalized.
dive doesn't have 3 dots after it.
borrow is the only one with double consecutive letters.
Here are a few more possibilities (at least one for each word):ReplyDelete
-race (only verb to add a syllable in the third person present)
details: (race/s; vs. borrow/s, taste/s, suspect/s, drive/s, dive/s)
-borrow (cannot make a new valid word by appending one of its own letters)
details: (race/r, taste/s, suspect/s, drive/r, dive/d)
-borrow (does not contain the letter "e")
-taste (only word to contain two consecutive letters in an uninterrupted alphabetic sequence)
-suspect (only word that ends in an unvoiced letter)
details: (t; vs. e/w/e/e/e)
-drive (all others contain another valid word starting at the second letter)
details: (r/ace, b/or/row, t/as/te, s/us/pect, d/i/ve)
-drive (all others contain a periodic table abbreviation starting at the second letter)
details: (r/ac/e, b/o/rrow, t/as/te, s/u/spect, d/i/ve)
-drive (contains an odd number of distinct letters)
details: (race, borw, tase, supect, dive; vs. drive)
-dive (only strictly intransitive verb) (cannot say "they x them")
I'm leaning toward the first option ("race"), maybe...
"borrow" is the only word that is only a verb; i.e., instead of both a verb and a noun.ReplyDelete
All of the words except borrow have the letter eReplyDelete
Wow... that's all I can say is wow!ReplyDelete
Suspect changes pronunciation when used as a noun vs a verb.ReplyDelete
also all the words but 'drive' have a past tense form using "ed" as in borrowed.ReplyDelete
Where as the past tense of drive is driveN