August 04, 2012
alfresco (adjective or adverb)
\al-FRESS-koh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: taking place or located in the open air : outdoor : outdoors
How do you use it?
For her parents' anniversary, Candace arranged a special alfresco dinner at the park where they first met.
Are you a word wiz?

Our writers came up with several sentences that contain "alfresco." The word only fits in one of them, though. Which sentence do you think uses "alfresco" correctly?

The answer that gets you out of the woods is D. "Alfresco" can't be used as a noun and you can't eat one, so A can be eliminated first. In B, though the writer correctly used "alfresco" as an adjective, it is not a word that can describe someone's feelings, so that answer is out, too. Both the photographer and the president in C are working indoors, so that sentence shows a scene that's the opposite of "alfresco." What remains is D, and the magic and misunderstanding that goes on under the stars in one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
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