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September 27, 2012 - Word of the Day

rare

Something that is hard to find or doesn't happen very often might be rare.

  • Dan found a rare coin that is worth a lot of money.
  • It's rare to see so many geese at this time of year.
  • The President of the United States made a rare appearance in our town.
  • We had a rare September snowfall last week.
  • A blue moon is a very rare event.

We also use "rare" to describe a beefsteak that has not been cooked for very long. A steak ordered rare will be red inside.

  • Vince ordered a steak cooked rare.
  • His wife ordered her steak medium-rare. (It was cooked a little longer than rare.)

Adding an "ly" ending to "rare" creates the adverb "rarely." This has almost the same meaning as "almost never."

  • She rarely wakes up before 9 a.m.
  • We rarely see snow in September.
  • Nathaniel is rarely in school. He's not a very good student.

 

Note: The two "r" sounds in the word "rare" might be difficult for some students. If you have trouble with this, click here to practice your "r" sounds.

 

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