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Ch 9: Lexical Resources

About This Chapter

Improve your knowledge of word patterns, how to proofread, commonly confused words in English, and more. These lessons on lexical resources can help you prepare for a class project or get ready to ace an exam.

Lexical Resources - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of lexical resources. You can review aspects of spelling like homonyms and homophones. There's also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to develop your point of view when writing. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss how to develop good writing style
  • Identify wrong word use
  • Recall words that are commonly confused in English
  • Explain how to identify errors in idiomatic expressions
  • Avoid redundancy in your writing
  • Use connective words in sentences
  • Explain how prefixes and suffixes are used to make words
  • Discuss use of a proofreading strategy

These lessons help you comprehend lexical resources, and our instructors provide plenty of illustrations. You can study all the lessons in order, or just the topics you need to review. A brief quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes for use as a study tool.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Lexical Resources
How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

1. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Identify Wrong Word Use

2. How to Identify Wrong Word Use

Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.

Commonly Confused Words in English

3. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions

4. How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions

You use idioms constantly. They are a dime a dozen! But what are they? How do you know if you've used one incorrectly? Watch this video lesson to soothe all your concerns about idioms.

How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

5. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing

Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!

How to Use Connective Words in Sentences

6. How to Use Connective Words in Sentences

Want to make your writing really flow? Or perhaps you want to distinguish between two ideas or follow a train of thought? In any case, you'll need connective words to make it all possible.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

7. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

8. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

9. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

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