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  • 1. USING THEDICTIONARY
  • 2. The ability to “read” a dictionary entry will helpincrease your command of the English language andwill enable you to be moreprecise in your speech and writing.
  • 3. Enhancing the vocabulary is definitely not easy…
  • 4. A good dictionary …• Is a very important tool in enhancing word power.• Develops your reading and comprehension skills.• Orients you with origins of words.• Aids in pronunciation and spelling.
  • 5. Parts of adictionary entry
  • 6. Correct Spelling• The dictionary is the most complete spelling guide.• The first word that is in bold print or very dark type provides the correct spelling of the word.
  • 7. Correct syllabication• The syllabication is indicated by centered dots or hyphens.• The dots show where to divide a word when you come to an end of the line and find it necessary to carry it over to the next line.
  • 8. Correct pronunciation• The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used as pronunciation guide.• This information is usually found immediately after the entry word surrounded by parenthesis.
  • 9. Parts of speech• This tells you that the entry word should be used to do a certain function in a sentence.• The part of speech is usually abbreviated.
  • 10. etymology• This refers to the history or derivation of the word.• It tells us the origin of the entry word.• This information is enclosed in brackets.
  • 11. Meaning• Refers to all the possible meanings of the entry word• The meanings of the word depends on how it is used in the context.