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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 12:00am

Queen Silvia was born in [Germany] ... and moved ... [to] Brazil, four years later, before returning to her native country in 1957.

'Native' can be used as an adjective or noun. It is used above to describe the country where Queen Silvia was born. She can also be described as a 'native' of that country. 'Native' can also be used to describe one's ability: a native speaker of a language speaks it as their first language. A native ability is one that someone possesses naturally.

Complete these sentences:

1. As an immigrant country, Canada is home to many people who are not native _______.

2. She is among the school's two ______ English-speaking teachers.

3. Being patient is a native _____ of hers.

4. Many plants in country parks are _____ to the region.

Answers: 1. Canadians, 2. native, 3.ability 4. native