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Sustain

Today’s word of the day exercise is

sustain

Notes

This is word very similar unmeaning to maintain. It is mostly used in more technical areas and sustainability is a key idea for the environment, aid and economic growth. You should also note the phrase “sustain an argument/position” – which is almost invariability used in the negative e.g. it is a difficult argument to sustain.

Forms of the word

sustain

sustainable 

unsustainable

sustainability

sustenance

Using the word

position/argument: The argument that parents are not responsible for their children is not sustainable.

loss/damage/injury: He sustained a serious injury playing football. 

environment: It is important that the government draw up policies that are environmentally sustainable.

growth: While it is impressive, an economic growth rate of 8% cannot be sustained.

Exercise

   

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One Response to Sustain

  1. Soheil October 12, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    That was not easy. I should practice more

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