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In The English Language Essay

797 words - 4 pages

Jeanne Kelly Guieb
Kenneth De Torres

Use of the Dictionary
A dictionary is a very important tool for anyone who is learning a new language. With a good dictionary you can do the following:
* look up the meaning of an English word you see or hear
* find the English translation of a word in your language
* check the spelling of a word
* check the plural of a noun or past tense of a verb
* find out other grammatical information about a word
* find the synonym or antonym of a word
* look up the collocations of a word
* check the part of speech of a word
* find out how to say a word
* find out about the register of a word
* find examples of the ...view middle of the document...

American Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) was also prescriptive. Webster had been publishing a spelling book for schools since the 1780's. He was motivated by a utilitarian view of spelling as well as a concern for precise communication. His definitions tend to be far more precise than those in many dictionaries today. His book also prescribes certain spellings and uses for many words. About twenty years ago, a publisher saw a need and reprinted the 1828 Webster dictionary. It has been a steady seller since then in spite of its lack of modern terms because many people are still looking for dictionaries to provide guidance.
The Dictionary Entry
* the entry in a dictionary of information about a word
The Syllable Division
Words with only one consonant between the vowels. After students have been taught closed and open syllables, the VCV pattern can be taught. Students must be taught to try two ways of dividing words and see which one produces a word that they recognize
Parts of Speech
In the English language, words can be considered as the smallest elements that have distinctive meanings. Based on their use and functions, words are categorized into several types or parts of speech. This article will offer definitions and examples for the 8 major parts of speech in English grammar:  noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction,preposition, and interjection.
Developing Word Power
Strengthen vocabulary as children learn opposites for common...

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