Perform (vi/vt), Performance (n)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb perform and another on the noun performance. The verb is used both intransitively and transitively and means, respectively (and similarly), “to do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual” and “to give a performance.” The verb has other meanings, but these are the two–the worksheet shows both transitive and intransitive use–meanings which the context clues seek to elicit from students.

Performance means, as its worksheet attempts by context to define, both “a public presentation or exhibition” and “the manner in which a mechanism performs.” Performance is actually a relatively complicated polysemous word, but I’ve attempted in these context clues to hew to a the two definitions above.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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