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Unformatted text preview: WAUGH (1903–1966) ENGLISH AUTHOR AND NOVELIST With this lesson, you’ll begin to explore many paths to building your word power. You’ll start with nouns, one of the four basic parts of speech, to acquire new words and methods for enriching your vocabulary. AS YOU KNOW, every sentence must have at least a noun and a verb. The
noun is the person, place, or thing doing the action in the sentence; the verb, of course, describes that action. There are common nouns, like boy, girl, dog, city, or mountain. And there are proper nouns that describe a speciﬁc person, place, or thing, like Harry Potter, Chicago, or Mt. Rushmore. Nouns are easy enough, right? Well, they can get more complicated, and much more interesting, when your vocabulary expands to include less common nouns. Real word power lies in the ability to use lots of different words, but particularly the exactly right nouns, as subjects of your sentences. As you’re ﬁnding out through this book, there’s no magic pill that can increase your vocabulary. You just have to read and listen a lot, and pay close attention to the words being used. Along the way, you’ll acquire new words and, almost without realizing it, a new ease in writing and speaki...
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