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The following 15 words can be divided into 5 groups of 3 words. The words in each trio will share a similar characteristic. What are the groupings? Why?

astern, bony, con, deal, land, lien, nit, pending, pinion, range, slander, steroid, tile, vary, venue


Solution:

Each word can be prefixed with a vowel. Each grouping can be prefixed with the same vowel.

a) lien (alien), steroid (asteroid), venue (avenue)
e) astern (eastern), bony (ebony), land (eland)
i) con (icon), deal (ideal), slander (islander)
o) pinion (opinion), range (orange), vary (ovary)
u) nit (unit), pending (upending), tile (utile)

 

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