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0001 Main Ideas and Supporting Details
0002 Analyze the Relationship Among Ideas
0003 Critical Reasoning Skills
0004 Purpose, Point of View, and Intended Meaning
0005 Meaning of Words and Phrases
Using the Context of a Passage
Correct Use of Commonly Misused Words
Figurative or Colloquial Language
0006 Applying Study Skills
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0005 Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases in Context

Determine the Meaning of Words Using Context Clues, Syntax, and/or Structural Analysis

Using the “context” means finding clues that authors leave elsewhere in the sentence or passage to help readers determine meaning.

For example:

“I had the run of their library”

uses a familiar word in a context that is not so familiar. When you read the sentence, the phrase of their library is a clue that helps you choose the proper definition, “unrestricted freedom or use of.”

Besides actual clue words, context hints can also come from punctuation marks like commas or dashes.

For example:

“The run of the leather, the direction of the grain, allows a buyer to tell how many pieces of leather were used.”

The two commas actually enclose the definition of run used in the sentence.