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Dual and Duel

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The adjective dual means double or twofold. Duel is a noun or verb referring to a fight or struggle.

Examples:

  • In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the system of dual schools for whites and blacks be dismantled.

  • In an 1804 duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, Aaron Burr shot and killed former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.

Practice:

a) An undeclared and mostly bloodless _____ was fought for the control of Indonesia's 3,000 islands.

b) Sidney Poitier has _____ American-Bahamian citizenship.

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