English Accent and Usage: Contrast Clues
Contrast clues as a head in reading and vocabulary growth
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English accent and usage - Dr. Frank Gerace. You know, sometimes when weíre reading, we come across a hard word and we have to look it up in the dictionary. That slows us up, itís boring, we forget what weíre reading, and sometime we donít even remember the word. Thereís a better way of doing it: we can use contrast clues.
Contrast clues are certain words that tip us off that the meaning of the hard word can be found out by whatís in the sentence, the easy words. For example, if I have a sentence: Mary was very obstreperous, but on the other hand, her brother was very quiet and peaceful. I donít have to go to a dictionary to know that obstreperous means something like: loud, noisy. Ok, the contrast clues are: on the other hand, never the less, however, but. You hear those words in conversation or see them in reading and you will know that they are contrast clues.
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