by Kitty Nash
"Allay" is a verb meaning to reduce the intensity, lay to rest, or pacify and calm. Example: His mother attempted to allay his fears.
"Alley" is a noun meaning a narrow passageway. Example: There is an alley behind the buildings.
"Ally" is a verb or noun meaning to connect by some relationship usually showing helpfulness or kinship. Example: The United States is a close ally of England.
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- Click the word that correctly completes each sentence.
- Her counseling seemed to (allay) (alley) (ally) my fears of flying.
- Small countries need to (allay) (alley) (ally) their interests to other countries.
- The line of palms trees makes a shaded (allay) (alley) (ally) near the street.
- A true (allay) (alley) (ally) is a friend indeed.
- (Allay) (Alley) (Ally) yourself to successful people.
- His new success helped (allay) (alley) (ally) his fear of failure.
- We traveled through the many streets and (allays) (alleys) (allies) of the city.
- Between the buildings was a narrow (allay) (alley) (ally).
- Is he still our (allay) (alley) (ally)?
- Knowing grammar may help (allay) (alley) (ally) my fear of writing.