November 02, 2011
prodigious (adjective)
\pruh-DIJ-us\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : exciting amazement or wonder2 : very big : huge
How do you use it?
Even with years of training, not everyone has the prodigious amount of stamina that's required to complete a marathon.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "prodigious" correctly?

While the bride in B tosses her bouquet, you can toss out that sentence because it uses "prodigious" as a noun instead of an adjective. Ellen's acting goals in A could best be described as "modest" or "unassuming," the very opposite of "prodigious," if she is happy with a tiny part of only one line. In C, "run-down," "shabby," and "dilapidated," come to mind as good substitutes for "prodigious." That leaves the brother in D and his seemingly insatiable craving for pasta.
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