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Key Terms

Parts of Speech:
  • adj. adjective - A word that expresses an attribute of a noun (big, little, short, tall).
  • adv. adverb - A word that modifies or qualifies the meaning of an adjective (unbelievably talented), verb (singing loudly), or another adverb (singing quite beautifully).
  • n. noun - Person (teacher, Bob); place (mountain, New York City) thing (rock); idea (happiness); or quality (charismatic).
  • v. verb - Action (run); occurrence (happen); or state of being (be).
Abbreviations:
  • e.g. - As an example.
  • etc. - And so on.
  • i.e. - In other words.
  • Ibid. - In the same place.
  • et al. - And others
Useful terms
  • connotation - The figurative or emotional meaning of a word.
  • contrasted - A comparison based on difference(s).
  • denotation - The literal dictionary meaning of a word.
  • hyponym - A specific version of the primary word.