Ch 18: Word & Phrase Meaning

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Watch fun video lessons in this engaging chapter to improve your knowledge of word and phrase meaning. These lessons, along with multiple-choice quizzes, can make studying for an upcoming test simple and effective.

Word & Phrase Meaning - Chapter Summary

Studying the basics of word and phrase meaning is easy with help from these entertaining video lessons. This chapter enables you to better understand foreshadowing, allusion vs. illusion, similes, metaphors, types of irony and more. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to use context and syntax to determine the meaning of words
  • Find the meaning of words using affixes and roots
  • Differentiate between literal and figurative language
  • Describe differences between personification and apostrophe
  • Define clichés, paradoxes and equivocations
  • Detail the effect of word choice on tone and meaning
  • Outline how to interpret tone in fiction

All lessons in this chapter are available in two formats: short videos and full transcripts. The videos offer engaging visual presentations, and the transcripts let you read the lessons as texts and even print the materials to study offline. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz you can take anytime to find out how well you comprehend important concepts. Any questions that arise during your review of this chapter can be submitted to our experts via the Dashboard.

13 Lessons in Chapter 18: Word & Phrase Meaning
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How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

1. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

Syntax can be a helpful tool in determining the meaning of unknown words. This lesson will explain what syntax is and how it can be used to break the code of unknown vocabulary.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

3. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Literal vs. Figurative Language

4. Literal vs. Figurative Language

Writers frequently make use of different types of language to get their points across. In this lesson, we'll look at the basic differences between literal and figurative language.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

5. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

6. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

7. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

8. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

10. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

11. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

12. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

13. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

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