Context Clues: Recon 101
Context clues, like reconnaissance, is the ability to obtain information by visual observation or other detection methods. In reading, this means you use the words around the word you do not know to determine its meaning.
With reading, there are four types of context clues we will use on a regular basis. They are all detailed below, with examples.
1. Definition: the unknown/tough word is defined for you in the sentence.
example: The arbitrator, the neutral person chosen to settle the dispute, made her decision.
2. Antonym: the unknown/tough word contrast an idea in the sentence. This is signaled by words "whereas", "unlike", or "as opposed to".
example: Unlike Jamal's room, which was immaculate, Jeff's room was messy.
3. Synonym: the unknown/tough word is similar to other words in the sentence.
example: The slender woman was so thin, her clothes were too big for her.
4. Inference: the unknown/tough word's meaning is not directly described. You must determine it's meaning based on the sentences, paragraphs, or even pages, overall meaning.
example: Walt's pugnacious behavior made his opponent back down.
Before you can begin to be a Marine Recon Specialist, you
have to pass the Amphbious Phase. Before you become a
master reader, you have to master context clues and be able
to use them on the fly.
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