How to Find the Meaning of Words - 071

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How to Find the Meaning of Words Context Clues – look for clues in the sentence or paragraph in which the word appears Definition – 1) formal = dictionary meaning 2) informal = the author may restate the idea or offer a synonym (a word that means the same thing) Example – use the examples surrounding the word to determine the meaning Contrast – look for a word or phrase in the context that has an opposite meaning. Inference – a guess, figure it out from the information that
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Unformatted text preview: is given in the context. Prefix, root, and suffix – word parts Prefix = beginning Root = middle (base word) Suffix = end When added together, they can provide strong clues to the meanings of words. Figurative Language – a way of describing something that makes sense on an imaginative level. Figurative Language often uses similes and metaphors. Simile = comparison using “like” or “as” Metaphor = a comparison of objects which are not alike...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course RDG 071 taught by Professor Chaloka during the Spring '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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