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4 types of context clues CONTEXT CLUES

Definition::

Definition: A CONTEXT CLUE is a hint given by the author to help the reader figure out unknown vocabulary words.

Context Clues:

Context Clues Context clues may be found in the same sentence and/or in the surrounding sentences. There are 4 types of context clues:

A Synonym Clue:

A Synonym Clue A synonym, or word with a similar/same meaning, is used in the same sentence. commas, parentheses, dashes, and the words or, that is 1

Example:

Example His pertinacity , or stubbornness , is the cause of most of his trouble.

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When the college president left, we found a replacement for the interim , that is, the time in between, during which a search committee was able to interview and select a new leader.

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When the college president left, we found a replacement for the interim , that is, the time in between , during which a search committee was able to interview and select a new leader.

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The policeman examined the vicinity , or area.

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The policeman examined the vicinity , or area .

Antonym Clue:

Antonym Clue An antonym clue is a word or group of words that are opposite of the unknown vocabulary. The words unlike, yet, however, athough 2

Example:

Example Although some men are loquacious , others hardly talk at all.

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He presented the image of a prudent man; however, Keith was really a reckless and careless person who rarely thought about what would be sensible.

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He presented the image of a prudent man; however , Keith was really a reckless and careless person who rarely thought about what would be sensible.

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Henry is always amiable , unlike his work colleagues, who are unfriendly and quarrel frequently.

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Henry is always amiable , unlike his work colleagues, who are unfriendly and quarrel frequently .

Explanation Clue:

Explanation Clue An explanation clue includes an explanation of the word in or around the sentence in which it is located. 3

Example :

Example The tornado annihilated the whole town to the point that nothing was left standing.

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During those first bewildering weeks, the thoughts of a college freshman drift back to high school where he was “in,” knew everyone, and felt at home. A feeling of nostalgia sweeps over him.

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During those first bewildering weeks, the thoughts of a college freshman drift back to high school where he was “in,” knew everyone, and felt at home . A feeling of nostalgia sweeps over him.

Example Clue:

Example Clue An example clue includes specific examples that help define the word. Colons, dashes, and the words including, such as, consists of, for example 4

Example:

Example Ecclesiastics , such as priests, ministers, and pastors , should set models of behavior for their congregants.

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I have always lived in cubbyholes . After moving away from home, my first apartment was just a cubbyhole in a large building. It was no more than 8' by 12' and had a bed in one corner. My second was no more than a large walk-in closet. My current one is about 10 feet long by 12 feet wide, but it at least has two rooms.

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I have always lived in cubbyholes . After moving away from home, my first apartment was just a cubbyhole in a large building. It was no more than 8' by 12' and had a bed in one corner. My second was no more than a large walk-in closet . My current one is about 10 feet long by 12 feet wide, but it at least has two rooms.

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The floors of the restaurant were extremely scuzzy . They were covered with spilled grease, crumbs of food, and cigarette butts.

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The floors of the restaurant were extremely scuzzy . They were covered with spilled grease, crumbs of food, and cigarette butts.

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