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Identify the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence:
Let us all clap to this achievement and cheer our approval of the new team leader.

a) cheer
b) clap
c) cheer, clap
d) None

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Hint: Onomatopoeic words are words that describe the sound. Their meanings are usually ones that describe the exact sound that action makes.

Complete answer:
Onomatopoeia is the process of creating a word that
phonetically imitates, resembles, or suggests the sound that it describes. Such a word
itself is also called an onomatopoeia. It is usually used as a figure of speech for emphatic
effects. However, it can be used in everyday life as well.

Look at the given sentence, there is only one subject that can make a sound i.e. ‘us’.

Now, we know what we are looking for, and we know the meaning of ‘onomatopoeia’. Let’s
look at the given options:

a. cheer - The word ‘cheer’ refers to ‘. It describes a sound. This word describes the sound
that the subjects were made to celebrate. However, it is not the only onomatopoeic word. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option.
b. clap - The word ‘clap’ refers to ‘. It describes a sound, as well. This word describes the sound that the subjects made to celebrate. However, it is not the only onomatopoeic word. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option.
c. cheer, clap - Both of these words refer to sounds that were made by the subject of the sentence in order to celebrate. This makes them both onomatopoeic words. This is the required answer. So, the correct answer is “Option c”.
d. None of the above - This is an incorrect option because we already found the correct option from the choices given above.

Note:
Make sure to look for words that denote and describe some form of sound. Look through the given options and pick out the option that best resembles onomatopoeic words.