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ASVAB Exam Cram™ by Kalinda Reeves, Karl W. Riebs

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Understanding Context

When you are reading and come across an unfamiliar word, you can often look at the context to help you figure out at least an approximate definition for that word. The other words in the rest of the sentence or paragraph influence and clarify the unfamiliar word and provide its context. The context provides a setting for the word. Further, context clues help provide meaning and usage for the word. The most common context clues are discussed in more detail later in the chapter, but they are listed as follows:

  • Experience clues

  • Definition clues

  • Example clues

  • Comparison clues

Even if you don't know a certain term, you can put together clues from the context, a clue's tip-off phrase, or a suggested idea, to formulate a guess as ...

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