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THE DICTIONARY: LET'S USE IT!!!

Updated on July 2, 2017

A CALL FOR DICTIONARY USE:

 Learning how to write and learning how to read, calls for knowing how to use the dictionary as well.  Ever so grateful we are of 'spell-check' on the internet and the many sites we can look up definitions.  However, knowing how and when to use the dictionary is very resourceful.  It is also a sign of intelligence (knowing what a dictionary is and how to use it).  A sign of professionalism (knowing when and why to use the dictionary).   

The Best Word To Choose:

Are you writing an essay, a book report or studying for your final exams? What about that proverbial and all encompassing 'thesis,' (editor anyone???). Practicing for that important interview? Have you been chosen to give the presentation at the business meeting? Most dictionaries present many options within the same text as your chosen word (as well as a brief definition). This makes your word choice easier and gives your project or assignment a more precise meaning (proper word function).

BORING--Or An Adventure:

Using the dictionary can be fun and adventurous. Some visits will be made to: nouns/pronouns, adjectives/conjunctions and verbs/adverbs. You'll also learn syllables/pronunciation, content/context as well as verb tenses and structured sentences.  And MUCH MORE!!!

Guide Your Children To Dictionary Usage: Guide your children to become familiar with the dictionary:

*Put the dictionary in a place it can be easily seen: (coffee table, computer stand, dresser, etc.). Many people have gotten creative and are keeping a dictionary in just about every room of the house. When children ask questions, you'll quickly be able to demonstrate its usage and it will also encourage them to look the word up for themselves.

*Choose a dictionary with an interesting cover: One that is colorful, has images of planes/trains, make-up/fashion or flowers/other nature scenes, etc. An interesting cover will cause your child to pick it up.

*Be an example: Let your children see you use the dictionary and they will (more than likely) do the same.

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With a little imagination, you can help your child become a proficient user of the dictionary. And together you can discover the wonders of language and sentence building.

For more information on using the dictionary visit:

http://wps.ablongman.com/wps/media/objects/805/824728/apx/henry_apx_e.pdf

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Eileen!!! Really, I do not know how I missed your comment. Thanks for visiting and commenting; and yes, it's good to have choices. Hope you are having a great day!!!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks vocalcoach for visiting and commenting. The dictionary comes in handy to get those hubs in 'A' quality! Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      An excellent reminder for us to keep the dictionary handy and to use it. Believe it or not, I use it everyday as I have a passion for learning words and increasing my vocabulary. Very good topic. Rated up and awesome!

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Lady_E: Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day as well.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Dropping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day. God Bless you and continue to give you reasons to be Thankful.

      Love

      Elena xx

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      katiem2, thanks for stopping by and glad you will share this. There is so much more in the dictionary to aid us in our writing and learning of the English (and other) language(s). And you are so right about spell check. Guess they need the dictionary to improve it, LOL! Have a great day.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Hmmmmmm. I must share this as we all need to remember THE DICTIONARY and remind ourselves to use it! Spell check is not always right and do we really learn it that way?

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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Dictionaries are a great backup thats for sure. I also use the computer a lot to look for new words by hilighting the word and then getting synamons from that to give me other choices. great hub thanks

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your comments prasetio30. The dictionary is like a good friend, it gives good advice, LOL! Have a great day!!!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting aladdin2010, glad you enjoyed it! Hope you enjoy your day!

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      aladdin2010 6 years ago

      nice useful hub S.Med and the video is so funny, meaningful and at the right place .

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love to use dictionary if I found any difficulty with vocabulary or some verb. It is like my friend in writing. I also recommend to my student. Thank you very much.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Coolmom2009: Thanks for your read/comments. Glad you thought the video was the right touch for this hub.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I agree with you, a dictionary is a must have tool when writing. I like your selection of the school house rock video, nice touch for this article.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      katiem2: I see you found a fun/educational way to utilize the dictionary! Thanks for the read/comments.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love the dictionary and we have one in our dining room for dinner games of looking up words. The dictionay is a great book.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Lady_E: I think this silly sounding word has every right to have a place in the dictionary; it is something used in this area of sports, good for it!!!~! Actually, I will have to go to the dictionary to see how it is pronounced, LOL!! Thanks for your comments/visit and hope you are having a great day!!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, hope you are fine; I totally Agree with you. Its such a useful Tool. I like picture dictionaries for young kids.

      Ps. I read this week that the word "Vuvuzela" will be included in the Next edition of the Dictionary. lol.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11020038

      Best Wishes

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      raisingme: Thanks for visiting/commenting. Glad you enjoyed the hub. I am seeing more and more the depth and value of the dictionary.

      LillyGrillzit: Thanks for your comments. Seems you had a great English Teacher, there truly is much valuable information there.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I had an English Teacher, who admonished us to read the very front of the Dictionary as well as definitions. There is so much valuable information in there. Great Hub! Voted Up and Shared.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Good for you - the dictionary is the best vocabulary building tool there is - bar none. Love the hub!

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Just A Voice: Thanks for your comments! I can't stand to see a word not spelled correctly in a hub I have written. I know what you mean about the commas. The dictionary (or at least some of them will help with that as well). Some are very extensive in their scope of coverage and others are not. None of us want to see our hard work in the 'reject' pile. Have a good one!! Peace.

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      Just A Voice 7 years ago

      I personally hate to have a misspelled word when I'm writing. If I'm not for sure, I look it up. I just feel that it makes me more effective in what I have to say if what I'm writing is spelled correctly.

      But my problem isn't with the misspelling of words, mine is more a worry of grammer and punctuation. I seem to have the hardest time knowing whether to use a comma or not.

      But it is a real truth that spelling correctly does have an intelligence measuring stick. It is important to take time to make sure you writing your words down coherently. Especially if it is going as a college application or a job application. Not paying attention to this could result in your hard work being put in a reject pile.