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Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

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In the simplest of terms, syntax is _____.

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1. The rules that govern both written and spoken language is _____.

2. The process of figuring out the meaning of unknown words using syntax is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions allow you to find out what you know about determining what unknown words mean based on syntax. Make sure you know what syntax is and how it can be used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet set to review your knowledge of:

  • The governing rules of spoken and written language
  • Characteristics of syntactic clues
  • The term for the positioning of words in a sentence

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as how syntactic clues can be used
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as syntax
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what process you can use to figure out the meaning of unknown words

Additional Learning

You can learn more about this aspect of linguistics by reviewing the lesson titled Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words. Topics explored in this lesson include:

  • Using word order to figure out what part of speech a word is
  • Examples of syntactic clue usage
  • The importance of taking your time and carefully inspecting words you do know
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