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0001 Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Using Context Clues
Commonly Misused Pairs
Figurative or Colloquial Language
0002 Main Idea and Supporting Details
0003 Apply Skills of Inference and Interpretation
0004 Analyze Relationships Among Ideas
0005 Use Critical Reasoning Skills
0006 Apply Skills for Outlining, Summarizing, and Interpreting
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0001 Determine the Meaning of Words and Phrases in Context

Use Context Clues to Determine the Meaning of Unfamiliar Words or Words with Multiple Meanings

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.