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  • Verb

convince

kuhn-VINS

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At first Harriet did not listen to me at all when I tried to convince or make her believe that I was actually from the planet Neptune. I tried using all the Neptune words I knew to convince her that what I was saying was true, but she thought that I was making them up. So, in order to fully convince or get her to trust me, I took her to Neptune in my spaceship so that she would know my words were true. Ever since that time I have no longer needed to convince or get her to believe what I say, but rather she takes my word for it!

Quiz: What are you doing if you are trying to convince someone of something?

  • You are telling that person that you are disappointed in him.
  • You are trying to get that person to see your point of view.
  • You are speaking with that person in a heated tone.

Memory Hook
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Convent Once and for All Once I was convinced to enter the convent, I was a nun once and for all!

Examples
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  • It was probably not that convincing a con but I guess I was banking on the hope that he missed me. —Moon Over Manifest
  • First, Giant John had to be convinced that Maniac was not kidnapping his brothers. —Maniac Magee

Word Ingredients
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con- thoroughly
vinc win
e used for spelling and pronunciation

When you “thoroughly win” someone over to your way of thinking, you convince that person that what you think is right.

Word Theater
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YouTube: D News: The Best Way to Convince People They're Wrong Charts are good at convincing people that they are not right about something.
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Word Constellation
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Word Variants
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convincing adj causing to agree